Prolific inventor who created the electric stove, a rubber ice-cube tray, and a new kind of thermostat.
He grew up on a family farm and attended Michigan Agricultural College.
He was known as an inventor with a sense of humor. He installed a remote-controlled paddle in a toilet to smack unsuspecting sitters.
His patented toasters improved on the ones sold by George Westinghouse's company by automatically turning the toast.