March is Women’s History Month (which hardly gets a nod compared to last month’s history month). Every day in March I introduce the unknowing world to 31 different women who have made notable accomplishments that are often overlooked.
We start off with an inventor/inventress for the railroad, Eliza Murfey. In 1870, Eliza Murfey patented 16 devices for improving the packing of bearings for railroad-car axles. These packings were used to lubricate the axles with oil which reduced derailments caused by seized axles and bearings.