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Sam Daniels Manufacturing Company records, 1892-1969.
Sam Daniels Manufacturing Company.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 525 (cont'd in 526, MS Size C)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Corporate Author : Sam Daniels Manufacturing Company.
Title : Sam Daniels Manufacturing Company records, 1892-1969.
Physical Description : 2 linear ft.
Summary :

The history of the company to the year 2000 may be found in Doc 525, folder 01. Advertising in various formats is in Doc 525: 13-16, MS Size C, & slides. Three folders contain the contents of Sam Daniel's sales briefcase which includes brochures, price lists, and photographs (Doc 525: 17, 18 & 19). Two large sections of this collection are brochures and photographs of products (Doc 525: 23-31) and original machine drawings of products and parts (Doc 526: 01-08). There are photographs of Sam Daniels and of his manufacturing buildings and workers in Doc 525, folder 3; additional photographs are in various locations throughout the collection. The company also manufactured manure spreaders and milk-coolers, and these activities are also reflected in the collection. The collection also contains two of Sam Daniels' diaries, for the years 1892 and 1894.

Biographical or historical data :

Samuel Daniels (1875-1950) was born in Woodbury, Vermont, and lived his entire life in the Woodbury-Hardwick area. As documented by two diaries, Sam, in his teenage years, seemed to have spent half his time in school and the rest helping his father in the woods. He soon became the quintessential Yankee entrepreneur and inventor. His products became famous throughout Vermont and found markets in many other states. Sam left his son Elwin and then his grandson Elwin to carry on the business which subsequently was taken over by his great-grandson James.

At the end of the nineteenth century Sam Daniels was in the heating and plumbing business. He became dissatisfied with his line of products and turned his mind to development and manufacturing. The Sam Daniels Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1908 in Hardwick, Vermont, and became the third oldest builder of wood furnaces in the county. In the 1920s, 30s, and 40s the company grew to over 100 employees. Sam Daniels died in 1950, leaving his two sons and a daughter to carry on. In the 1970s, after 62-years of manufacturing wood-burning furnaces, the family decided to call it quits and sold the manufacturing equipment. However, in 1973 the cost of home heating oil tripled and the country faced an oil shortage. The founder's grandson, Elwyn J. "Bob" Daniels decided to get back into the wood furnace business. Their first furnace was shown at the Champlain Valley Fair in 1975. Business grew steadily and a new manufacturing plant was constructed in Montpelier in 1980.

Related Collections : Vermont Historical Society museum has many scale models of Sam Daniels products used by salesmen, a basketball team jacket, Daniels American Dart Ball game, and a number of other artifacts (museum accession numbers starting with 2003.69).
Corporate Subject : Sam Daniels Manufacturing Company.
Subject Term : Boiler-making industry Vermont Hardwick.
Stoves, Wood Vermont Hardwick.
Milk Cooling Equipment and supplies.
Fertilizer spreaders Vermont Hardwick.
Geographic Term : Hardwick (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Brochures.
Price lists.
Slides photographs
Technical drawings.
Added Author : Daniels, Sam, 1875-1950.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.