Neil Tillotson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Neil Tillotson was born in Canaan, Vermont back in 1898. Sorry that is about all I have on him until the 1920’s. He was working for the Hood Rubber Company and lost his job due to the result of the Great Depression. In 1931, he founded the Tillotson Rubber Company and as they say the rest is history.

After he lost his job out of boredom and desperation he took some latex balloons hand-painted them in the shape of a cat’s head. In 1931, despite the depression Tillotson Rubber made 85,000.00 in sales which is equivalent to 1.2 million in today’s economy. His company invented a high-speed latex dipping machine that is still in use today making latex examination gloves that fit either hand.

In 1954, he moved to Dixville Notch, New Hampshire where over the next 40 years he was the first voter in every American presidential primary to cast his vote. He died in 2001 at a young 102.

Until tomorrow please reach out and give someone the gift of a smile. I promise it won’t hurt.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray everyone who follows every step of the presidential elections knows Dixville Notch...

Sep 17, 2018 03:35 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Neil was an inventive and industrious soul. Young at 102? We can only hope! Enjoy your day.

Sep 17, 2018 03:54 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Latex is HUGE whetehr in decoration or medication....a wise eye to what was needed at the time.

Sep 17, 2018 04:18 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sounds like he enjoyed everything he did.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 17, 2018 04:29 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

This should rub off for those to busy to vote.

Sep 17, 2018 04:52 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible story and man. Gloves that work on either hand......Wow.

Sep 17, 2018 05:11 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  I wonder how many of us would be willing to move to Dixville Notch, New Hampshire in order to be able to cast the first vote.

Sep 17, 2018 05:36 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

How cool was it that he had the distinction of being the first voter for so many years.

Sep 17, 2018 06:04 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - I have followed that town every presidential election, they do a piece on it!  Great story about Neil and his legacy... 

Sep 17, 2018 06:52 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, I remember a story about his voting many years ago.  Thanks for sharing.


Sep 17, 2018 06:58 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another great story of rags to riches, some of the most successful businesses come from things that are so simple.

Sep 17, 2018 06:58 AM #11
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

This was very interesting reading James Dray I had no idea

Sep 17, 2018 08:45 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- very interesting!  I remember reading about this gentleman and his first vote !

Sep 17, 2018 08:58 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that is great trivia.  I will keep a smile on my face and a penny in my pocket.

Sep 17, 2018 09:26 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Another great story from you this Monday...and I definitely kept a smile on my face today.  A

Sep 17, 2018 01:05 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this great story of  Neil Tillotson.  He found a fantastic way to lessen the depression for himself.  And many medical hands really appreciate what he did.

Sep 17, 2018 06:21 PM #16
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

ah  THANK GOODNESS for latex gloves... 

appreciate the history lesson as always Mr. Dray!

Oct 16, 2018 08:14 AM #17
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