In 1907, Murray Spangler, a struggling inventor, took a job as a janitor in a department store, with acres of carpets to clean. Using a heavy, cumbersome carpet sweeper that put as much dirt and dust into the air as it held, in self-defense Spangler began applying his inventive powers to improve the carpet sweeper he used every evening. Working on his own during the day, Spangler started with a soapbox, sealing the cracks with tape, He then stapled goat bristles to a broom handle for a brush-roll. An old fan motor provided power for the fan that he cut out of an old stove pipe. A pillowcase was added to catch the dust, and his new vacuum was complete. During the next year, he refined the vacuum numerous times, and on June 2, 1908, he received a patent for his sweeper. Spangler, with $5,000.00 invested by a friend, formed the Electric Suction Sweeper Company. However, in just a few months, finances were gone. Spangler sold one of his new sweepers to his cousin, Mrs. W. H. Hoover, and from that sale, the fate of the product changed from gloom to one that would soon capture the leadership role of the floor care industry.
1994 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee