Location: 89 20th Ave, El Dorado, KS
This section was written by Marsha Dekker, whose family lived in the
Wayside Station for 4 generations. My great grandfather, Judge Granville
P. Aikman and is wife, Carrie (Sandifer), purchased the 80-acre farm in
1906 and it was used by the family as a summer home to get out of the
heat of the city of EI Dorado. Subsequently, they also purchased 100+
acres across the road from the farm where they built a home for my
grandparents, Roger Ewing and their daughter Eleanor when they married
My grandparents moved back into town, most likely
in 1923. In 1950, Roger and Eleanor made some renovations to the farm
house and property and moved out to the farm. My parents, George &
Caroline (Ewing) Short retired and moved to the farm in 1974 from
Chicago. They added a family room and utility room bath on the east side
of the house. All of the property across the road was sold in 2008 and
the farm was sold in 2014.
I have been told for many years that the
stone part of the house was a way station for the wagon train which went
thru the property. The storekeeper had his goods on the main floor.
There was a little kitchen behind the main room. There is a cold air
vent in the ceiling of the living room now where there was an opening
with a ladder that he used to go upstairs to his sleeping quarters.
The trail went across the highway (old Rt. 54,
now Rt. 77) & followed around the base of the hill westward to the
Walnut River. Back at that area is a very shallow part of the river
where the wagons crossed on their way west. The entire hill on both
sides of the highway was known as Aikman Hill because my great
grandfather owned all the property on either side.