Kiwanis December 3 Meeting Program: - Sarah Stanley presented "The Stanley Twins: Inventors of the Stanley Steam Car & Developers of the Stanley Hotel of Colorado".
Sarah presented a digital show covering the inventions, developments and businesses of Francis Edgar Stanley and Freelan Oscar Stanley. Patents included the airbrush, photographic dry plates and the Stanley Steam Car. The cars set speed records on flat beaches and also on the road climbing Mt. Washington.
F. O. Stanley developed the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This hotel stands today near the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sarah has researched the connection between the Stanley name and Chatham. George Shepard Page was a cousin of the Stanleys (son of Margaret Stanley) and he moved to Chatham, where he set up a business beside the Passaic River. Today’s Stanley Park stands in the same place as the early business. Other places around town are named Stanley (in honor of Page’s mother, whom he adored).
After a brisk question and answer session at the end of the program, the audience enthusiastically applauded this interesting presentation.