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1850 Area was opened to Euro-American settlement
1867 Montgomery County is created by legislatures, by cutting Wilson County in half. It will be organized by a proclamation of June 3rd, 1869. The county is named after General Richard Montgomery.
1869 P.C. Brown sets aside 10 acres of his farm to be used as a cemetery, and the first marked grave is placed in the Fairview Cemetery.
1870 Much of the land around Cherryvale is homesteaded.
1871 Town site laid out.
1872 First school was built near Fourth and Carson Streets. Miss Mary Greenfield taught the first class in the summer of 1873.
1873 The first major fire to damage the town happens.
1874 Population is 200
1875 Severe grasshopper plague hits the area
1877 Cherryvale Globe Newspaper established.
1879 Population of Cherryvale is 250
1881 Prohibition takes effect in Kansas. Cherryvale voted in the fall of 1880 in favor of a state law to outlaw the sale and manufacture of spiritual liquors. Soon after this law is put into effect, bootlegging becomes popular in and around the area of Cherryvale.
1884 The Liberty Fire Company was established, bring the first fire department to Cherryvale. It was a private fire company. The Cherryvale Bulletin newspaper is established.
1886 The Cherryvale Republican newspaper is established.
1887 First natural gas well was drilled at Fourth and Labette Streets. By the turn-of-the-century, more than 30 gas wells were producing inside the city limits.
1888 The cigar factory, Cahters & Stahl who pioneered political campaigns on cigars, was built at 103 1/2 East Main Street. The firm would produce 17,000 cigars each month and now is one of the best known cigar firms in the Midwest.
1889 Population of Cherryvale is 2400
1892 Frank Bellamy writes the "Pledge of Allegiance" as part of a local contest to express allegiance to the US Flag. Only 16 years of age at the time he submits the pledge to the "The Youth Companion" who publishes it on Sept 8th, 1892 only giving credit to Anonymous. When asked why they did not give credit to him, they state that all items submitted to them remain their property.
1895 First Old Solders' Southern Kansas Reunion was held in Cherryvale.
1896 Robert H. Cloughley, a railroader, built the first steam driven automobile west of the Mississippi. The engine was similar to a railroad steam engine. The streamer auto company after about one year due to lack of financial backing.
1898 Frank Bellamy as a student in Cherryvale Central High School, brought the Pledge of Allegiance into national focus as a winner in a 1892 national student contest. The pledge was first officially used in a celebration coinciding with the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he is buried in Cherryvale's Fairview Cemetary.
1901 Cherryvale was booming with a glass factory, shovel and barrel factories, a marble works, an iron works, two grain elevators serviced by the railroads, and a bicycle factory.
1903 City Marshal William G. Jones is killed in the line of duty.
1905 Around this time the city takes fire protection. The department is one of the oldest full time manned stations in the state of Kansas.
1906 Population of Cherryvale grows to nearly 7000.
1907 Population of Cherryvale is drops to 6018.
1909 Vivian Vance is born, and lives at 309 West 6th Street.
1910 First trolley car rolls into town.
1912 Leatherock Hotel built, 420 North Depot Street. The only local hotel left among the 19 hotels built in Cherryvale's bygone era.
1913 Cherryvale Carnegie Library, 329 East Main Street. Early 1909, the Cherryvale Women's Club set a goal to establish a library with an adjoining room for rural women to rest and visit after their long horse and buggy ride to shop in town. In 1912, a grant from the Carnegie Foundation provided the necessary funds for construction of a permanent building.
1924 Grace and Earl Newton start a plumbing and electric business at 116 W. Main that will later be known by all as Newtons Hardware
1930 Serious drought "the dust bowl" hits the area hurting the cattle industry.
1932 Edgar Zinc Company shuts down. The factory was the largest zinc plant in the World, at the time.
1933 Pretty Boy Floyd who grew up in Cookson Hills of Oklahoma. Is known to pass through Cherryvale.
1934 The first basketball played by the "Cherryvale Fighting Cherries." happened this year on Dec 1st.
1937 Population of Cherryvale drops to 3800
1939 The city building was located at 119 N. Neosho.
1940 The last Brick yard closes.
1946 Big ice storm hits the area dropping 10in of ice in and around Cherryvale. It takes over three weeks to restore power.
1949 Another big ice storm hits the area.
1951 Cherryvale hit by a tornado on June 25th around 2:00AM leaving a trail of minor damage and debris.
1954 The Santa Fe Railroad deeds the City of Cherryvale as a New Years gift the entire Lake Tanko property. Soon after this the lake opened for fishing, and the area was cleaned up and turned into a park.
1961 Tri City Airport opens north of Cherryvale.
1962 Big Hill Lake authorized by Congress, Cherryvale Police Department receives its first police dog on Jan 23rd.
1967 Population of Cherryvale is 3100
1969 High School athletic team changes its name from "The Fighting Cherries" to "The Chargers"
1990 Population of Cherryvale is 2,511
2000 Population of Cherryvale is 2,386
2005 Population of Cherryvale is 2,266
2006 Population of Cherryvale grows to 2,271
There were 982 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,917, and the median income for a family was $33,599. Males had a median income of $25,964 versus $19,356 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,655. About 13.0% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over. - Credit to wiki
Credit for reference information to:
Crystal Harper - Cherryvale 125th Anniversary
John J. Littell - Cherryvale the Early Years
Bob Hitchcock - Cherryvale
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