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Historic Bohumil Shimek House - Iowa City, Iowa (2)

Added the the National Register of Historic Places on. Bohumil Shimek –natural scientist, civil engineer, educator, conservationist, and political activist—was the son of Maria Theresa (Tit) Shimek and Francis Joseph Shimek, "freethinkers" from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) who emigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled on a small farm near Shueyville, north of Iowa City. Of eight children born to Frank and Maria, Bohumil was one of only three who survived to adulthood. After his mother died in 1866, his father sold the farm and moved to Iowa City, where he worked as a cobbler. Throughout much of Shimek's childhood and youth, the family lived in poverty. He claimed to have begun earning his own keep at age 11, and he worked his way through college as a collector for botany, taxidermy, and zoology classes at the State University of Iowa (UI). He studied civil engineering at the UI, receiving a C.E. degree in 1883.

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