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Sept. 14, 2017
Chandler Museum celebrates 100th birthday of the McCroskey House with a party at Tumbleweed Ranch 

McCrosky House at Tumbleweed RanchChandler Museum invites the community to “party like it’s 1917” from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in celebration of the 100th birthday of the McCroskey House at Tumbleweed Ranch. Attendees will be treated to the rare opportunity of having staff lead them on a lantern-lit tour of the historic house. There also will be live music from the time period, played by Cheryl’s Vintage Jazz Trio, birthday cake and activities.
“The McCroskey House has no electricity so we have never done events or activities there in the evening before,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum administrator. “This house is part of Chandler’s history and we are proud to share it with the community.”
The house was originally built by George and Emma Edwards in 1917. It was a 30,000-piece kit home ordered from a catalogue. It cost $600 at the time. After George passed away in 1918, the house had various residents including the Austin Family, who had nine children and lived there 1928 to 1929. Ralph Hoyt McCroskey and Laura Austin (one of the Austin children) lived in the house from 1933 to 1987. While living there, they raised two children and farmed on the surrounding 40 acres.
The McCroskey House was donated to the City in 1997 by Mona McCroskey and moved to Tumbleweed Ranch in 1999. The house was stripped down, with electrical wiring and contemporary plumbing removed, so that it was more like its 1917 original condition. The local chapter of the Questers Preservation organization made donations to furnish the house in appropriate furniture. The McCroskey House is currently used as part of a program for elementary school students who visit the Ranch on field trips to learn about the time period and how people lived.

Tumbleweed Ranch is located at 2250 S. McQueen Road, in the southeast corner of Tumbleweed Park. The event is free for everyone to attend, but the Museum is asking the public to RSVP so there is plenty of cake for everyone! Find more information about this event by calling 480-782-2717.