During his career in the U.S. Congress, Thomas became known as an advocate for working men and women—his empathy no doubt informed by his own Indiana boyhood.
Jenckes became politically engaged in the 1920s, when she observed firsthand how the lack of public flood control programs affected farmers’ livelihoods.
In the autumn of 1834, ten-year-old Sarah Hawks and her family left New York's Finger Lakes area bound for northern Indiana. In 1905, she wrote her memoir.
By the mid 19th century the Industrial Revolution brought the steel plow to Indiana farmers. These developments allowed each farmer to work many more acres than before.