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Grandview in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Life on the Family Farm

 
 
Life on the Family Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 5, 2010
1. Life on the Family Farm Marker
Inscription.

“Iíve settled all the ills of mankind one way and another while riding along seeing that each animal pulled his part of the load.”
Harry S Truman


In 1867, Solomon and Harriet Young, Harry S Trumanís maternal grandparents, purchased 398 acres of the 600 that they would eventually own in Grandview, Missouri. After a fire destroyed the original farm home a temporary structure was built. The home that you see today is the “temporary” structure that was built in 1894.

His mother said “It was on the farm that Harry got his common sense.” As a farmer, Truman cultivated qualities that shaped his character and prepared him for future challenges. Work hard, treat others fairly, always do your best, and persevere in tough times were his guiding principles, and he would take this with him to the White House.

Life here could be harsh, with days of backbreaking labor, disastrous weather, and unsure profits. At the age of 33, Harry left the farm to fight in World War I. Although he never returned to farming, he would never forget his rural heritage. A visit to the Truman Farm can provide one with a richer understanding of Harry S. Truman as President of the United States.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location.
Harry Truman with his Mother and Grandmother image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 5, 2010
2. Harry Truman with his Mother and Grandmother
Detail of left image on marker. Image courtesy of Harry S Truman Library and Modern Woodman of America.
This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 54.093′ N, 94° 31.867′ W. Marker is in Grandview, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Boulevard 0.2 miles north of Harry Truman Drive (125th St). Touch for map. Marker was located at the Truman Farm Home unit of the Harry S Truman National Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12301 Blue Ridge Blvd, Grandview MO 64030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. New Santa Fe Road (approx. 3.3 miles away); "The Boy Scout" (approx. 4 miles away); New Santa Fe / Trail Remnants (approx. 4 miles away); New Santa Fe (approx. 4 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 4.1 miles away); Russell's Ford (approx. 4Ĺ miles away); Thomas Farmhouse (approx. 5 miles away); Where Wagons Rolled / Wieduwilt Swales (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Truman Family Farm. From the official National Park Service website for the Harry S Truman National Historic Site. (Submitted on January 21, 2015.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Replacement Marker
The marker was replaced with a new interpretive sign in 2011 at the same location. The new sign has the same title but includes new and modified text. It
Harry Truman Cultivating Crops image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 5, 2010
3. Harry Truman Cultivating Crops
Detail of center image on marker. Image courtesy of Harry S Truman Library and Modern Woodman of America.
also includes a sidebar timeline on those members of the Young and Truman families who lived on the farm.
    — Submitted January 21, 2015.

 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Truman Farm Home ca. 1945 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 5, 2010
4. Truman Farm Home ca. 1945
Detail of right image on marker. Image courtesy of Harry S Truman Library and Modern Woodman of America.
Life on the Family Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 21, 2013
5. Life on the Family Farm Marker
"I thought maybe by cussing mules and plowing corn I could perhaps overcome my shyness and amount to something." Harry S. Truman Harry Truman gave up a comfortable banks job in Kansas City to help out on the family farm in 1906. The farmhouse, with no plumbing or electricity, stood in stark contrast to the bright lights of the big city. On the farm, Harry had little privacy, sharing the seven-room house with his grandmother, parents, sister and brother. Harry slept in a room above the dining room with Vivian and the hired hands. The bedroom was like an oven in the summer and an icebox in the winter. "It was an awful task to arise this morning in that ten-degree room", he once wrote. On the farm, Harry put in long days of physically demanding work. In the evenings, the family gathered in the sitting room to read and talk. In the parlor, Harry, Mary Jane, or Mamma played the piano. During Harry's eleven years on the farm, he worked hard, planned for his future, face frustration and difficulties with optimism and courage, yet exercised common sense and calm determination. These were characteristics he would take with him to the White House.
Truman Family Farm image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 5, 2010
6. Truman Family Farm
Entrance Sign to Truman Farm Home image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 5, 2010
7. Entrance Sign to Truman Farm Home
Truman Farm Home image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 5, 2010
8. Truman Farm Home
Building is boarded up for the winter season
Truman Farm Home image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 21, 2013
9. Truman Farm Home
Back of Truman Farm Home image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 21, 2013
10. Back of Truman Farm Home
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   5. submitted on July 12, 2018.   6, 7, 8. submitted on January 21, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   9, 10. submitted on July 12, 2018.
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