"Hoping that possibly out of the process there may be matured a wholesome loaf of bread or, more likely, a small pan of biscuits."
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
ETHAN BATES STANLEY | American Laundry Co.
from "Cincinnati: The Queen City, 1788-1912, Vol. 3" By S.J. Clarke Publishing Company
Ethan B. Stanley is the vice president
of the American Laundry Machine Company, the largest concern of the kind in the
world. Marked business ability and a spirit of enterprise has brought him to
the prominent position which he now occupies in business circles, and his life
history illustrates what is possible of accomplishment where ambition and
industry lead the way. He was born in Cincinnati, January 25, 1865, a son of
Charles and Maria J. (Beresford) Stan ley. The father was born in London,
England, in April, 183 1, and came to Cincinnati with his father, who was one
of the early brass founders of this city. The mother, Maria J. Stanley, is a
member of the distinguished Beresford family of England. Charles Stanley
pursued his education in the public schools here and afterward joined his
father in the foundry business, while later he turned his attention to the
steam pipe fitting industry, which he conducted on his own account up to the
time when success made possible his retirement from active business life.
Spending his youthful days in his father's home, Ethan B. Stanley attended the
public and high schools until 1881, when, at the age of sixteen years, he made
his initial step in the business world, becoming clerk in the office of
Alexander McDonald & Company up to the time this company sold to the
Standard Oil Company. Recognizing the fact that the road to advancement is open
to all who have energy and determination to make their service valuable to
those whom they represent, Mr. Stanley put forth earnest and persistent effort
and successive promotions rewarded him. Eventually he became general manager of
the business and so continued until 1902, when he became one of the promoters
of the Watkins Laundry Machine Company as vice president, with Leonard Smith as
president. The business grew and prospered, and continually seeking oppor
tunities for the expansion of his trade interests, Mr. Stanley and his
associates in the Watkins Laundry Machine Company, succeeded in consolidating
their in terests, in 1907, with five other laundry machine manufacturing
companies. The corporation, known as the American Laundry Machine Company was
capitalized at seven million dollars and is the largest concern of this kind in
the world. At the reorganization of the business the name of the American
Laundry Machine Company was assumed and Mr. Stanley became vice president. The
company manufactures a general line of laundry machinery for steam laundries
and has met with splendid success, their trade interests reaching out to all
parts of the country. Excellence of workmanship, durability of materials,
honesty and re liability in trade transactions have been salient features in
making this one of the most successful industrial interests of Cincinnati. They
have established branches in all of the large cities of the United States and
agencies in Europe, Australia and South America. Mr. Stanley has been greatly
instrumental in promoting industrial development in Cincinnati and has been
especially interested in building up the district on Spring Grove avenue, for
which he has secured numerous manufacturing establishments. He is a director in
many of the indus trial and financial institutions of the city.
October 14, 1936
1890, Mr. Stanley was married to Miss Blanche Taylor, of Cincinnati, and they
have one son, Taylor, now twenty years of age, who is a graduate of the
Lawrenceville school and is now a student in Yale. In religious faith Mr.
Stanley is a Presbyterian and is serving as a trustee of the Seventh
Presbyterian church of Cincinnati. He is also a member of all the prominent
social clubs of the city. Having within him at the outset of his careeT the
possi bilities of usefulness and those qualities designed to make one
successful, these did not long lie dormant nor did they show themselves in a
pronounced manner when he began his business life. He is one among the many who
have worked their way from a small beginning to an enviable position by the
industrious ex ertion of their inborn powers and thus he has come to stand as
one of the most prominent representatives of industrial activity in Cincinnati.
Anne Halsey lives in Central Texas with her husband and three small children, where she is writing a work of creative nonfiction about her great-grandfather. Grounded in extensive archival research and personal interviews, this book-length project reconceives our understanding of the modern decline of Puritan New England culture. That seemingly familiar narrative is complicated by the previously unsung narratives of the women who found increasing independence and autonomy as their culture struggled to adapt to a more secular age.
For six years, Anne served as Media Director at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, where she created numerous radio, television, web, podcast, print, and film partnerships with major media outlets. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her MFA in poetry at New York University.