- Frederick Louis Maytag I
Frederick Louis Maytag I (
July 14, 1857– March 26, 1937) also known as F. L. Maytag, founded the MaytagCompany, which eventually became the Maytag Corporation which was acquired by the Whirlpool Corporationin 2005. [cite book |last=Ingham |first=John |authorlink= |url=http://books.google.com/books?id=Suu9yUKdA8IC&pg=PA874&ots=vGXqRUOSN-&dq=%22+Elmer+Henry+Maytag%22&sig=QI4mIisc4tXcK19q72YaGuoGisg |title=Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders |year=1983 |publisher=Greenwood Press |location= | pages= |isbn=0313239088 ]
F.L. was born in
Cook County, Illinois, the eldest of 10 children born to German immigrants, Amelia Tarebun (1837-?) and Daniel William Maytag (1831-?). The full set of children were: Frederick Louis Maytag I (1857-1937) [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Letters |url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,742636-3,00.html |quote=Knowing your yearning for absolute accuracy, beg your permission to advise that you announced the death of the wrong Maytag in your Milestones department in your issue of Oct. 19. The item should have stated that Theodore Henry Maytag, age 67, had died and not Elmer Henry Maytag. Elmer Henry Maytag is a son of Frederick Louis Maytag, is president of the Maytag Co. here and very much alive in his late 40s. He is also a member, by appointment of the President, of the Unemployment Committee which is chaired by Mr. Gifford. |publisher= Time (magazine)|date=Monday, November 23, 1931 |accessdate=2007-07-21 ] ; Lewis R. Maytag (1859-?); Martha M. Maytag (1862-?); Theodore Henry Maytag (1864-1931); Jacob B. Maytag (1867-?); Emma Maytag (1869-?); Daniel C. Maytag (1872-?); Helena Maytag (1875-?); Anna A. Maytag (1878-?); and Viola Maytag (1880-?). In the 1880 US Censusfor Jefferson, IowaDaniel's mother Mary Maytag (1800-?) is living with them.] When ten years old F.L. traveled in a covered wagon with his family to a small farm near Laurel, Iowain 1867.
In 1893 F.L., his two brothers-in-law, and George W. Parsons each contributed
US$600, for a total of US$2,400, to start a new farm implement company named Parsons Band-Cutter & Self Feeder Company. This company produced threshing machines, band-cutters, and self-feeder attachments invented by Parsons.
F.L. Maytag eventually took sole control of the firm and renamed it the Maytag Company. As Maytag grew, F.L. forayed into other businesses. In the 1910s, F.L. left the day-to-day company operation in the hands of sons
Elmer Henry Maytagand Lewis Bergman Maytag, to concentrate on other business areas including new innovations of a washing machine with a gas powered motor branded as the Multi-Motorand a washing machine with an agitator that forced the water through the clothes branded as the Gyrafoam. These inventions proved extremely valuable as by 1927, Maytag was producing more than twice the washers of its nearest competition and had outperformed the industry with growth doubling for five consecutive years.
Elmer Henry Maytagbecame Maytag's president in 1926, F.L. was active in promoting Maytag products, and ensuring worker happiness and often greeted employees by asking, "Is everybody happy?"
F.L. married Dena Bergman, and they had two sons and two daughters. To the city of
Newton, Iowa, F.L. donated a 40-acre park and swimming pool, now named Maytag Park and Maytag Pool. He built and donated the Maytag Hotel and spearheaded a theater and a water plant. F.L. also built hundreds of houses for his workers, selling them on easy terms.
In 1937, Frederick Maytag died of a heart ailment at Good Samaritan Hospital, near his winter home in
Beverly Hills, California. He left a US$10 million estate. cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=In Jasper County |url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,883015,00.html?iid=chix-sphere |quote=Great is the name of Maytag in Jasper County, Indiana. In Newton, the county seat, is Maytag Co's 14-acre plant, where last year some 1,500 workers turned out $16,984,966.28 worth of Maytag washing machines. |publisher= Time (magazine)|date= July 25, 1938|accessdate=2007-07-21 ] [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=F. L. Maytag, Maker of Household Aides. Began Manufacturing Washing Machines in 1907. Dies in Los Angelesat 80 |url= |quote=Frederick L. Maytag, manufacturer of washing machines and a pioneer automobile maker, died in Good Samaritan Hospital here today. He was 80 years old. |publisher= New York Times|date=March 27, 1937, Saturday |accessdate=2007-07-21 ]
A special train brought mourners from the east coast to
Newton, Iowa, and an estimated 10,000 factory workers and salesmen formed a line five blocks in length to observe the casket processional. Those who could not fit into the First Methodist Church were taken to four other churches and two halls.
* "In all business, there is a factor which cannot be compensated for in dollars and cents or computed by any measure. It has no relation or connection with the mercenary and is represented only by the spirit of love which the true craftsman holds for his job and the things he is trying to accomplish."
* "Is everybody happy?"
F. L. Maytag II
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