"I've 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 Truman's 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.