Shirley Gekler Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
THE MAN WHO "THOUGHT' HIS WAY INTO PARTNERSHIP
WITH THOMAS A. EDISON
Edwin C. Barnes had a definite desire to work with Edison, not for him.
He didn't know Edison, had never met Edison, perhaps it was a hunch
however it came to being, this feeling had developed into a definite desire.
Barnes found unusual transportation, however, he arrived in East Orange,
New Jersey and met with Edison which resulted in Edison giving him the
opportunity that he asked for.
Barnes did odd jobs, whatever Edison asked of him, He was determined
to be a partner of Edison, no matter what it took. He was all in -- He stuck
with it, several years went by --- other men would of quit -- Not Barnes.
About five years later, finally the illusive opportunity came in via the back
door. The employees of Edison had no interest in this strange machine --
That was a mistake but an advantage for Barnes, as he was all over
this new machine- -- he knew he could sell it and sell it he did. He
suggested this to Edison and promptly got his chance -- He sold so
successfully that Edison gave him a contract to distribute and market it
all over the nation. Out of that business assiciation grew the slogan,
"Made by Edison and installed by Barnes." Out of it Barnes had made
himself rich in money, but he has done something infinitely greater;
he has proved that one really may "Think and Grow Rich"
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