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Kate Shelley
Original name: Catherine Carroll Shelley
Birth: Sep. 25, 1865
Death: Jan. 21, 1912

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. 
 
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 Parents:
  Michael J. Shelley (1843 - 1878)
  Margaret Dewan Shelley (1836 - 1909)
 
 Siblings:
  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
 
Burial:
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Boone
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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Dear Kate, Your daring bravery is a testament to all mankind of the selflessness of humanity in times of crisis, and was duly noted in the Iowa episode of Aerial America. May you always be lovingly remembered. Rest In Peace.
- E49
 Added: Jun. 7, 2015

- Pasha
 Added: May. 29, 2015
The story of your selflessness and phenomenal courage are still an inspiration to the world.
- Helene McClean Lubaroff
 Added: May. 18, 2015
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