The Story of Kansas

Today’s Trivia (Jan. 31)

On Jan. 7, 1933, this Kansan was featured in Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” syndicated column for setting the record in 1900 for laying 46,000 bricks in less than eight hours — and that was only one of his jobs.

But what made that record even more spectacular were the circumstances that led this Kansan in even attempting the record.

When he was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with spinal meningitis, leaving him deaf and unable to speak.

Later, at age 10, he was involved in a railroad accident that severed his legs — he wasn’t able to hear the train’s whistle.

His legs were amputated just below the knees. He owned a pair of artificial legs but didn’t like to wear them. So for the rest of his life, he wore specially designed and fitted boots, allowing him to walk on his knees.

As an adult, he started working — laying bricks for the streets in Atchison. Eventually, he became so fast at laying bricks that he set records.

Question: What was his name?

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