Tonganoxie Community Historical Society publishes a quarterly newsletter to update members of on-going business of the historical society and any upcoming events. There is always a feature on local history.
Excerpt from NEWSLETTER, September 2021
I don't know much about the family history of Merle and Gracie Reusch. Merle had some relatives who lived in the Eudora, Kansas area. He never talked about them. You knew they existed because Gracie might mention them in passing.
Gracie had a sister who lived in Overland Park, Kansas. She mentioned her once in a while. I don't know how many nieces and nephews Gracie had, but I do know that every summer each of the three older girls would stay one week, each, with Merle and Gracie.—-and they loved it. When these girls got older it seems that once or twice two girls came at the same same time to spend their week with Aunt Gracie. One of those girls now lives in the Tonganoxie area and in fact she ran for the school board, but lost the election.
These annual visitations lasted for many years. I never kept track, but I would guess that they all came for more than 6 years.
If you had kids and lived in the Tonganoxie area you had to know Gracie. If you made it to Gracie's your kids always got some free candy. Now, this would not happen every day, but more like once a week or two. Gracie did this for more than 40 years . Can you imagine how many pounds of candy this might be?
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