Garfield Arthur

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Garfield Arthur was born in Mapleton, Iowa back in 1880. I have no clue as to his fathers or mothers name, but it doesn’t really matter. In 911, he invented a hydraulic lift for unloading coal from rail trucks which made him a wealthy man. That of course gave him his freedom to pursue other interests.

His other interests were on the water. In1921, he purchased a motorboat that set a new water speed record of 74 MPH. That record just set in motion for him to build another 9 more boats breaking speed records. In 1932 on the St. Clair River he set a record of 124 MPH on the water, way too fast for me. Garfield Arthur Wood retired from racing in 1933 when he concentrated on some more interests. He also built truck bodies and winches that were used extensively by International Harvester. Many of his trucks were used in WWII. However, his biggest contribution was the garbage truck which he built and sold under the name of Garwood Load Packer. At one point, he held more US patents than any other living American. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

For most of us who couldn't dream of holding even one patent, James, to hold more than any other American of his time, is quite the accomplishment.

Apr 02, 2018 03:51 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray what would we do without garbage trucks!! there are so many things we take for granted....

Apr 02, 2018 03:53 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Garfield was not limited to one field with his creativity. Who knew? Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Apr 02, 2018 03:54 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Just shows when one career ends hopefully another starts.

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Apr 02, 2018 04:50 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. Certainly a creative and inventive guy. Good one.

Apr 02, 2018 04:56 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Wow! Garfield Arthur was a very prolific inventor! Very creative and made the world a better place with his inventions!

Apr 02, 2018 05:17 AM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

You just take things for granted...and  never imagine things like garbage trucks do in fact need to be invented !

Apr 02, 2018 05:18 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Heck, it seems that we wouldn't be able to get through life without garbage trucks, haha.

Apr 02, 2018 07:25 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Garfield was a busy man. I am sure many onf his patents and inventions are still in use today. 

Apr 02, 2018 07:47 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I guess we can now call him the father of the garbage truck!

Apr 02, 2018 08:03 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning James,
My mother's maiden name was St. Clair.  I wonder if I'm related to the folks for whom the lake was named.

Apr 02, 2018 08:42 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have a patent, just one.  We hope that it will bring us rewards, but where would we have been without garbage trucks.  A

Apr 02, 2018 11:44 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I'm impressed! How prolific was this man?!  Thank you and have a great week. 

Apr 02, 2018 06:08 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, I always have to smile there are so many times people say I wish I thought of that, well the key is not just thinking of it but executing it. Just amazing what this man did, Endre

Apr 02, 2018 06:43 PM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What an inventor, and we certainly don't hold garbage trucks as a "cool truck" but it is highly necessary.

Apr 03, 2018 05:13 AM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If there were not garbage trucks and collectors it would not be a pleasant world.

Apr 03, 2018 11:31 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Wonderful contributions; easy to see why Garfield Arthur was a wealthy man.  Can't help wondering if he played with lots of little toy trucks back in the 1880's when he was a little boy?

Apr 05, 2018 01:57 AM #17
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Wealthy, innovative, and daring. I would have liked to meet Garfield Arthur. I think picking his brain would be interesting. Thank you for sharing!

Apr 13, 2018 12:52 PM #18
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