Martin Flynn's Mansion and Barn at Living History Farms’ was constructed by Martin and Ellen Flynn in the early 1870s. Martin Flynn, like many men in 1870, made his initial fortune in railroad construction.
July 6, 1881: Kate Shelley, fifteen, crawls across a damaged bridge in Iowa, and then runs another half mile to warn workers at a depot that a railroad track has been washed out. She becomes a locally famous heroine. In 1900, a steel bridge is named for her.
George Washington Carver. It is rare to find a man of this caliber. A man who would decline an invitation to work for a salary of more than 100,000 a year (almost a million today) to continue his research on behalf of his countrymen. As an agricultural chemist, Carver discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more uses for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes. Among the listed items that he suggested to southern farmers to help them economically were his recipes and improvements…
Herbert Hoover - 31st President - born son of a quaker blacksmith in iowa - raised in oregon - became mining engineer - worked abroad and became active in relief efforts in both china and europe - presidential appointments included food adm. and secretary of commerce - served as president during the stock market crash and subsequent depression