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Owners of Sinclair plant had ties to Brucemore Mansion

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The wife of T.M. Sinclair, who started the Sinclair Packing plant which burned Tuesday, played a key role in the building of the Historic Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids.

Jim Kern, Executive Director of Brucemore Mansion, says Sinclair died in a fall down an elevator shaft at the plant. He left his fortune to his wife Carolyn and his six children, who were all under the age of 10 at the time.

"She acquired 10 acres of land, and used $56,000 to build the mansion. It took two years, 1884 to '86, and she moved in there in '86.

Kern says she lived there for 20 years with her six children until they grew up and moved out.

To put things into perspective, Kern says the original $56,000 cost of the mansion would be less than what it would cost today to replace some of the carpets inside.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith 

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