Chester Greenwood was a possibility thinker! Chester grew up in Farmington, Maine. Anyone who knows Farmington knows it is cold! In 1873, while he was out ice skating he was trying to protect his ears from the biter cold by tying a scarf around his head. This proved to be cumbersome and not helpful. He decided there should be something to cover the ears so he had his grandmother sew tufts of beaver fur between loops of wire…and voila! The first earmuffs were created. Did I mention that he was only 15 years old at the time?! Talk about a possibility thinker! He later patented an improved model and called them Greenwood’s Champion Ear Protectors. He established Greenwood’s Ear Protector Factory and made a fortune supplying Ear Protectors to the US soldiers during World War I.
In 1977, Maine’s legislature declared December 21st “Chester Greenwood Day.” There is a parade in Farmington that celebrates Chester’s birthday the first Saturday in December. Farmington Maine is also the Earmuff Capital of the World! Check here for more information.