John Froelich,

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John Froelich was born in Froelich, Iowa a village named after his father. He attended school in Galena, Illinois and studied at the College of Iowa. After graduating, he and Will Mann a blacksmith designed and built the first gasoline-powered tractor to go both forward and reverse.

It was a 16-horsepower machine, they transported it to Langford, South Dakota. They attached it to a J.I. Case threshing machine. It was able to thresh 72,000 bushels in 52 days, quite an achievement in those days. He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota around 1895 where he developed a clothes-washing machine named the Froelich Neostyle Washer. It is in a museum in Froelich, Iowa. He died in 1933.

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Donald Urschalitz
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That was a great revenue producing change to help those using it.

Jan 31, 2020 03:55 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again James. I am taken with the creativity he had and used.

Jan 31, 2020 04:28 AM #2
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. John was a tinkering genius. Simply amazing! Enjoy your day.

Jan 31, 2020 04:42 AM #3
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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Good morning James,

Probably made a few women happy to not have to wring out the wash.

Be interesting to see the thrasher.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 31, 2020 05:09 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello James - I don't recall reading one of your stories where you have revealed that a subject was from a town named after the family.  

Jan 31, 2020 06:29 AM #5
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Nina Hollander
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Hi James... certainly one of the great inventions ever... a clothes washing machine. What would we do without one?

Jan 31, 2020 06:31 AM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Even nowadays farmers are inventing ways to make life easier on the farm James Dray . Unfortunately most of those inventions go unpatened by those who came up with them.

Jan 31, 2020 06:36 AM #7
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Joe Pryor
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Another gentleman and therer are millions with far better mechanical skills than me.

Jan 31, 2020 07:21 AM #8
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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James,

Another wonderful story of an inventor who understood the target market.  There are plenty of farms in Iowa.  A

Jan 31, 2020 08:34 AM #9
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I just hope he didn't hook that 16 horsepower to is clothes washer... 

TGIF (Thank goodness it's Friday) James Dray 

Jan 31, 2020 12:18 PM #10
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Kathy Streib
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Hi James- thank goodness for the invention of the clothes washer!  I can't imagine how we'd wash clothes without it. 

Jan 31, 2020 06:27 PM #11
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He was an impressive inventory, James. and understood the need and met it. Look where things have come today as far as clothes washers!

Jeff

Jan 31, 2020 11:11 PM #12
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faye schubert
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The blacksmiths were such major inventors and creators of tools and implements we still use today.

Feb 01, 2020 06:48 AM #13
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Another American Inventor with excellent and much needed inventions. James Dray, I tried to find a picture of his washer on the Internet, however no luck.  

Feb 01, 2020 07:11 PM #14
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"Threshing" is such a wonderful word! Thanks for the information about John Froelich.

Feb 16, 2020 07:15 PM #15
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