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Waddell Company Records
Manuscript or Audiovisual Coliections
The Waddell Company
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Number: MSS 245; MSS 245 AV
Title: The Waddell Company Records
Creator. John M. Waddell; The Waddell Co
Dates: 1882- 1985
Media: Manuscript and AV
Quantity: 15 cf.
Location: MSS: 5120312; AV: 31211- G
HISTORY OF THE WADDELL COMPANY
John M. Waddell ( 1853- 1922) founded the Waddeli Wooden Ware Works Company in
1889 after securing a patent on a coffee mill handle. Located in Greenfield, Ohio, the
company incorporated on January 1, 1901 as a wholesale manufacturer of store
furniture, show cases, money drawers, coffee mill, swinging chairs, game traps, and
cutters. Three of its four officers were Waddell family members.
The company's name changed numerous times, including the John M. Waddell
Manufacturing Company, the Waddell Postal Fixture Company, Sun Manufacturing
Company, and finally the Waddle Company. The company continued to manufacture
various products, specializing in display cases. In 1936, Dean T. Waddell purchased all
company interests and patent rights from his brothers. Dean's son George Waddell
eventually served as company president
In 1908, John M. Waddell joined in partnership with I. J. Miller to develop Paint Creek,
Ohio, for the Paint Creek Power, Light & Heat Company. They hired Arthur Giesler as
consulting engineer and continued the project for several years.
For additional information, see, Elsie Johnson Ayre, The Hills of Hiqhland, pg. 560- 562.
( OHS call no. 977.184 Ay 74hi)
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Waddell Company records occupy 15 cf. and date from 1882 to 1985. The collection
is divided into 4 series delineating the activities of John M. Waddell and the Waddle
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