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
In September, 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.

Charleston News & Courier

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