If you have warm ears this winter, Chester Greenwood may be the person responsible. Tomorrow is the Annual Chester Greenwood Day in Farmington, Maine. There will be a parade, Christmas Wreath Sale, a free Clogging lesson, a Gingerbread House contest, food basket drop box to collect food for needy families, free horse and wagon rides, a chili contest, the annual Polar Bear Club Dip in Clearwater Lake, and the Festival of Trees Auction the the Granary, plus great food, music and much more.
Why all the hoopla, and who is Chester Greenwood, you ask? Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine, in 1872 invented the earmuff, at the age of 15! He reportedly came up with the idea while ice-skating and had his grandmother sew tufts of fur between loops of wire. By the age of 19, he had acquired a U.S. patent, and by his 28th birthday, the Chester Greenwood & Company factory was producing and shipping Champion Ear Protectors worldwide.
In 1936, the company had it's biggest year and sold 400,000 pairs.
At one time, the U.S. Postal Service produced a stamp in his honor!
Eventually the patent ran out, and others got in on the action. But the original idea for keeping the ears safe from frostbite came from Chester Greenwood.
Thank you, Chester. R.I.P.
Just a little Maine trivia to make your day!