Tarbell is born in Erie County, Pennsylvania
John D. Rockefeller starts Standard Oil Company after buying out his business partners.
Tarbell graduates from Allegheny College. She is the only woman in her graduating class.
Ida Tarbell is executive writer for a small teaching magazine called The Chautauquan
Tarbell moves to Paris to pursue a career as a writer and write a biography of Madame Roland- an influential figure during the French Revolution.
The act that will eventually take down The Standard Oil Company is passed.
Tarbell moves to New York to be editor for McClure's Magazine, a forward-thinking magazine that concerns politics and literature.
Tarbell is editor and a writer for McClure's Magazine until 1906 when she founds the American Magazine.
Tarbell's book is serialized over a course of two years in McClure's Magazine.
The Standard Oil Company is disbanded after being convicted of breaking the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
Tarbell died of pneumonia in Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport Connecticut. She was 86
Tarbell is inducted into the women's national hall of fame 66 years after her death