Imagination is the only key to the future.
Ida Minerva Tarbell was born on November 5th 1857. She was born on a farm in Hatch Hollow Pennsylvania. Her mom and dad were both from a New England stock. They moved to Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1870 and Tarbell began her first formal education in high school there.
In 1880 she graduated from Allegheney College with a bachelor's degree in biology and soon discovered that because she was a woman she could not start a career in science.
In 1906, Tarbell along with Baker, Steffens, and other writers, resigned from McClurs in a dispute over McClure's policies and too control over The American Magazine. Her first series was on the history of the American protective tariff, published in 1911 as The Tariff in Out Time an attack on protection as a benefit for the trusts and not for workers.
Without it none exists - with it all things are possible. -Ida Tarbell
Ida Tarbell was one of the leading ''Muckrakers'' of the Progressive Era. She wrote a book called The History Of The Standard Oil Company which was listed No. 5 in 1999 by New York University of the Top 100 works of the 20th century. The thought of John D. Rockerfeller as a crabbed, miserly, money-grabbing, and viciously effective at monopolizing the oil trade.
On January 6th, 1944 after since being hospitalized since December of 1943 Ida Tarbell died of pneumonia at the age of 86.