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Kate Shelley
Original name: Catherine Carroll Shelley
Birth: Sep. 25, 1865
County Offaly, Ireland
Death: Jan. 21, 1912
Boone County
Iowa, USA

American Folk Figure. On the night of July 6, 1881, fifteen year old Kate Shelly braved a severe storm and flooding to help rescue crew members of a train that had plunged from a collapsed viaduct into rain-swollen Honey Creek in Boone County, Iowa. It was also her intention to warn the scheduled passenger trains of the washout. Her heroism helped rescue two survivors of the first disaster and prevented another. In her honor, Chicago and Northwestern Railroad named the highest double track trestle in the US the Kate Shelly High Bridge. 
Family links: 
  Michael J. Shelley (1843 - 1878)
  Margaret Dewan Shelley (1836 - 1909)
  Kate Shelley (1865 - 1912)
  James Shelley (1868 - 1879)*
  Mary C Shelley (1871 - 1973)*
  Margaret Shelley Swisher (1873 - 1951)*
  John Joseph Shelley (1875 - 1953)*
*Calculated relationship
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Boone County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: May 05, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5374
Kate Shelley
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Kate Shelley
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- Rose
 Added: May. 12, 2016
Sending you a Kansa sunflower from the heart of this Kansan. Your bravery inspires. God bless and keep you. Peace.
- douglas simpson
 Added: Apr. 8, 2016
God bless you Kate. You risked your life to prevent what could have been a terrible tragedy. RIP and thank you.
- John Haseltine
 Added: Mar. 18, 2016
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