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Traer Museum honors "Tama Jim"

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The longest serving cabinet member in United States history is from Eastern Iowa and on his watch, the country made great strides in the modernization of agriculture and food inspection.

James "Tama Jim" Wilson lived on a farm in Traer during his twenties and went on to be a member of Congress and serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1897-1913.

Saturda, current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was on hand, along with other elected officials and many others to honor "Tama Jim" Wilson.

Vilsack, Senator Charles Grassley and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey took part in a ribbon cutting for the "Tama Jim" exhibit at the Traer Historical Museum.

Speakers talked of Wilson's impact on modern agriculture.

"The willingness to expand agriculture production and also the trade implications of agriculture, food safety, he built a solid foundation upon which the current department is built, so it's important for us to celebrate that as well." Vilsack said.

Funding for the "Tama Jim" Wilson exhibit was provided by donations, the Tama County Community Foundation and the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.

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