6. The Truman Farm - Pump

Harry Truman is known for his common sense and this pump is a good example of why. In 1912, he painted the pump white because, as he wrote to Bess, “It stands immediately in front of the back door, and in one of those horribly dark nights I was telling you of when the Nolands were here I was endeavoring to get out of Ethel’s way in a hurry and collided with the pump. I dislocated my specs and gave myself a black eye. For this reason I decided to paint it white. Now it can be seen on the darkest nights.” “It was on the farm that Harry got his common sense,” his mother said later. “He didn’t get it in town.”