James Gladwin applied for a patent on a washing machine on April 14, 1902. His patent (No. 721,793) was granted March 3, 1903. The entire patent can be viewed at http://books.google.com/patents?id=dyBQAAAAEBAJ&dq=721793http://books.google.com/patents?id=dyBQAAAAEBAJ&dq=721793. The introduction follows:
United States Patent Office James Gladwin, of Omaha, Nebraska Washing-Machine Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 721,793, dated March 3, 1903. Application filed April 14, 1902. Serial No. 103,890. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, James Gladwin, residing at 1916 Cumings street, Omaha, in the county of Douglas and State of Nebraska, have invented certain useful Improvements in Washing-Machines; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, which form a part of this specification. This invention relates to a new and useful improvement in washing-machines. The object of my invention is to provide an improvement in that class of washing-machines in which the receptacle is rocked so that the same may be readily operated and in which heat may be readily applied direct to the washing-machine receptacle, so as to eliminate the process of boiling the clothes in a washboiler, as will be described more fully hereinafter. . .
James Gladwin was the son of Philip and Margaret Gladwin.
1 James Gladwin, b: May 1851 in Illinois .. +Amanda C. Wilson, b: May 1865 in Ohio .... 2 Grace Ellen Gladwin, b: Abt. 1879 in Iowa ........ +Miller .... *2nd Husband of Grace Ellen Gladwin: ........ +Joseph Daniel Wampler, b: 17 Aug 1862 in Spring Hill, Augusta, Virginia .... 2 Maud Gladwin, b: Abt. 1880 in Iowa ........ +Hugh Miller Gillaspey, b: 30 Aug 1872 in Iowa .... 2 John E Gladwin, b: Abt. 1883 .... 2 Mamie Myrtle Gladwin, b: 24 Dec 1883 in What Cheer, Keokuk, Iowa ........ +Thomas Louis Hartford b: 27 Jul 1877 in Waterloo, Douglas, Nebraska .... 2 Marina B. Gladwin, b: Abt. 1885 .... 2 James S.C. Gladwin, b: Abt. 1885 *2nd Wife of James Gladwin: .. +Elizabeth Wilson *3rd Wife of James Gladwin: .. +Bertha Wilson, b: Dec 1869 in Iowa *4th Wife of James Gladwin: .. +Ruth, b: Abt. 1886 in Kansas