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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. 
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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Kate Shelley
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Kate, We have not forgotten you, or Moingona. God Bless you and your family in Heaven- hope to meet you and Reverend Lloyd one sunny day!
- Farmer
 Added: Jul. 3, 2014
"Hers is a deed bound for legend ... a story to be told until the last order fades and the last rail rusts." - Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen
- E. Everett
 Added: May. 9, 2014
Good work young lady.
- Herbert Rickards
 Added: Apr. 6, 2014
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