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The Greenwood Success Story

The Greenwood Success Story

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Chester Greenwood (1858-1937) of Farmington, Maine invented the earmuff in 1873. He was a grammar school dropout yet he invented the earmuffs at the young age of 15. Necessity is the the mother of invention. The story goes that while testing a new pair of ice skates, he grew frustrated at trying to protect his ears from the bitter cold. After wrapping his head in a scarf, which was too bulky and itchy, he made two ear-shaped loops from wire and asked his grandmother to sew fur on them. He patented an improved model with a steel band which held them in place and with Greenwood's Champion Ear Protectors, he established Greenwood's Ear Protector Factory. His company manufactured these ear protectors which provided jobs for people in the Farmington area, for nearly 60 years. He made a fortune supplying Ear Protectors to U.S. soldiers during World War I. He went on to patent more than 100 inventions. Chester also patented a tea kettle, a steel tooth rake, an advertising matchbox, and a machine used in producing wooden spools for wire and thread. He invented, but did not patent an umbrella holder for mail carriers. He no doubt invented many other items, but only patented the above mentioned items. In addition to being an inventor, Greenwood was the owner of a bicycle business, a business involving an improved heating system and was involved in the introduction of one of the first telephone systems in Farmington. In addition to his inventions and businesses he was an accomplished machinist, an active member of the community, and a family man. His wife Isabel was a staunch supporter of Women's Suffrage. He and Isabel were parents of four children. In 1977, Maine's legislature declared December 21 "Chester Greenwood Day" to honor a native son and his contribution to cold weather protection. There is a parade that celebrates Chester's birthday the first Saturday in December, with local police cruisers in the parade decorated as giant earmuffs. Farmington Maine is now the Earmuff Capital of the World.


Chester Greenwood (1858-1937) of Farmington, Maine invented the earmuff in 1873. He was a grammar school dropout yet he invented the earmuffs at the young age of 15. Necessity is the the mother of invention. The story goes that while testing a new pair of ice skates, he grew frustrated at trying to protect his ears from the bitter cold. After wrapping his head in a scarf, which was too bulky and itchy, he made two ear-shaped loops from wire and asked his grandmother to sew fur on them. He patented an improved model with a steel band which held them in place and with Greenwood's Champion Ear Protectors, he established Greenwood's Ear Protector Factory. His company manufactured these ear protectors which provided jobs for people in the Farmington area, for nearly 60 years. He made a fortune supplying Ear Protectors to U.S. soldiers during World War I. He went on to patent more than 100 inventions. Chester also patented a tea kettle, a steel tooth rake, an advertising matchbox, and a machine used in producing wooden spools for wire and thread. He invented, but did not patent an umbrella holder for mail carriers. He no doubt invented many other items, but only patented the above mentioned items. In addition to being an inventor, Greenwood was the owner of a bicycle business, a business involving an improved heating system and was involved in the introduction of one of the first telephone systems in Farmington. In addition to his inventions and businesses he was an accomplished machinist, an active member of the community, and a family man. His wife Isabel was a staunch supporter of Women's Suffrage. He and Isabel were parents of four children. In 1977, Maine's legislature declared December 21 "Chester Greenwood Day" to honor a native son and his contribution to cold weather protection. There is a parade that celebrates Chester's birthday the first Saturday in December, with local police cruisers in the parade decorated as giant earmuffs. Farmington Maine is now the Earmuff Capital of the World.


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Published by: acts2and38 on Dec 12, 2009
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