Born in 1902, Leo Beuerman was a mere 36 inches tall, deaf and unable to walk.This inspirational man refused to pity himself despite his disability. Determined to be independent, he lived a full life in Lawrence, Kansas. He drove his antique tractor specially rigged with chains and pulleys that he used to maneuver himself down in a small wooden cart. Beuerman would set up shop on a street corner where he would sell pencils and other small wares.

“I think everybody is lonesome and feels sorry for themselves at times, but I never did believe in being a quitter. If one thinks it all over and sees a way through, let nothing stop you until you get what you set out for.”

—Leo Beuerman