In early 1968, the east fifteen acres sold to Kenneth Gentry and Julia Gentry.  They eventually sold the land to Irvin and Sandy Patterson who developed the Valley Forge subdivision in the late 1990?s and early 2000?s.  After the death of Ernest in a railroad work related accident in March of 1968, Isabel, a Lee?s Summit R-7 School District teacher at Mason Elementary, and the boys took over running the small farm and the family hay hauling summer business which Ernest started in the summer of 1953.  All four boys hauled hay in the summers to earn money in high school and to pay for college. All earned degrees from Missouri colleges and universities.  Through the years they all looked forward to coming home in the summers to the ?home place? and putting up hay for customers in the area.  In 1991 the Fritchie?s sold the property north of the bluff to Troy Bellah to become part of the subdivision, Amber Hills.

Beginning in the 1970?s 12 grandchildren either lived on the property or came to visit grandma Fritchie through 2003.  Their favorite tree for swings grew north of grandma?s house on the first ?shelf? down from the top of the hill. The old walnut tree sitting on the south edge of lot 18 today held the various swings the grandkids enjoyed.  Grandma Fritchie picked goose berries on both of the shelves above the Bluff and made gooseberry pies for her family on special occasions.  The grandchildren hunted for tortoises and ring necks on the relatively flat shelf along the bluff where a mother fox raised five babies in a den she hollowed out.  

 

Upon the death of Jean in June of 2003 the four brothers decided to develop the remaining family property and to name the subdivision and the streets in honor of Ernest (Ernest Way) and Isabel Jean (Isabel Jean Court), thus the subdivision was named Fritchie Bluff after its defining topographic feature and the family who grew up, and cared for it for over fifty years.  In the spring and summer of 2006 the development came under construction.  In late 2006, lot 21 sold to the first builder Ben Schmidt.