Henry Wenneborg was 16 when a train in Springfield, Illinois, severed his foot.
"Gangrene set in," says his grandson, the Rev. Rick Wenneborg of Chatham Christian Church. "They kept taking off parts of his leg until they amputated it almost up to his hip. He almost lost his life."Henry recovered, and went on to found a thriving business manufacturing artificial limbs.
After Henry died, many of his creations went to his son, Dick. Dick died in 1989. Five years later, the family held an estate sale in which a lot of Henry's handiwork - including a barrel of legs - was sold. [Link]