Illinois Adventure #1406 “Mueller Museum”

Illinois Adventure #1406 “Mueller Museum”


THERE IS A FAMILY
WHOSE NAME HAS BEEN SYNONYMOUS
WITH PLUMBING AND INVENTIVE NES WHOSE NAME HAS BEEN SYNONYMOUS
WITH PLUMBING AND INVENTIVE NES
FOR GENERATIONS. WITH PLUMBING AND INVENTIVE NES
FOR GENERATIONS.
AS WE DISCOVERED AT THE FOR GENERATIONS.
AS WE DISCOVERED AT THE
HIERONYMUS MUELLER MUSEUM IN AS WE DISCOVERED AT THE
HIERONYMUS MUELLER MUSEUM IN
DECATUR. HIERONYMUS MUELLER MUSEUM IN
DECATUR.
>>IT IS A NAME STAMPED ON DECATUR.
>>IT IS A NAME STAMPED ON
VALVES AND PIPES ACROSS THE>>IT IS A NAME STAMPED ON
VALVES AND PIPES ACROSS THE
WORLD, AND IT BEGAN IN THE MID VALVES AND PIPES ACROSS THE
WORLD, AND IT BEGAN IN THE MID
1800’S WHEN HIERONYMUS MUELLER WORLD, AND IT BEGAN IN THE MID
1800’S WHEN HIERONYMUS MUELLER
SETTLED IN DECATUR OF THE WHILE 1800’S WHEN HIERONYMUS MUELLER
SETTLED IN DECATUR OF THE WHILE
THE SIGN ON THE STORE PROCLAIMED SETTLED IN DECATUR OF THE WHILE
THE SIGN ON THE STORE PROCLAIMED
HIS SKILLS AS KEY AND GUNSMITH. THE SIGN ON THE STORE PROCLAIMED
HIS SKILLS AS KEY AND GUNSMITH.
HE WAS MUCH MORE THAN THAT. HIS SKILLS AS KEY AND GUNSMITH.
HE WAS MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
>>HIERONYMUS WAS A TINKERER IN HE WAS MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
>>HIERONYMUS WAS A TINKERER IN
A LOT OF PROFESSIONS.>>HIERONYMUS WAS A TINKERER IN
A LOT OF PROFESSIONS.
AND TINKER I THINK IS AN A LOT OF PROFESSIONS.
AND TINKER I THINK IS AN
UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WORLD, HE AND TINKER I THINK IS AN
UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WORLD, HE
WAS A GENIUS. UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WORLD, HE
WAS A GENIUS.
HE — ONE WAS THINGS HE TINKERED WAS A GENIUS.
HE — ONE WAS THINGS HE TINKERED
AROUND WITH AND WORKED ON WAS HE — ONE WAS THINGS HE TINKERED
AROUND WITH AND WORKED ON WAS
UNDERGROUND PLUMBING. AROUND WITH AND WORKED ON WAS
UNDERGROUND PLUMBING.
HE WAS NAMED DECATUR’S FIRST UNDERGROUND PLUMBING.
HE WAS NAMED DECATUR’S FIRST
PLUMBER AND WAS SUPPOSED TO HE WAS NAMED DECATUR’S FIRST
PLUMBER AND WAS SUPPOSED TO
BRING IN WATER TO THE BUSINESSES PLUMBER AND WAS SUPPOSED TO
BRING IN WATER TO THE BUSINESSES
AND THE HOMES THAT WERE ALREADY BRING IN WATER TO THE BUSINESSES
AND THE HOMES THAT WERE ALREADY
LOCATED. AND THE HOMES THAT WERE ALREADY
LOCATED.
HE HATED GETTING WET. LOCATED.
HE HATED GETTING WET.
HE WAS ALWAYS HAVING TO GO DOWN HE HATED GETTING WET.
HE WAS ALWAYS HAVING TO GO DOWN
THERE AND UNPLUG SOMETHING FROM HE WAS ALWAYS HAVING TO GO DOWN
THERE AND UNPLUG SOMETHING FROM
THIS LIKE A WOODER WATER MAIN, THERE AND UNPLUG SOMETHING FROM
THIS LIKE A WOODER WATER MAIN,
AND HE WOULD TRY TO GET THE PLUG THIS LIKE A WOODER WATER MAIN,
AND HE WOULD TRY TO GET THE PLUG
BACK IN. AND HE WOULD TRY TO GET THE PLUG
BACK IN.
HE WAS ALWAYS LIKE KNEE-DEEP OR BACK IN.
HE WAS ALWAYS LIKE KNEE-DEEP OR
NECK DEEP IN WATER. HE WAS ALWAYS LIKE KNEE-DEEP OR
NECK DEEP IN WATER.
HE WAS JUST SO TIRED OF T HE NECK DEEP IN WATER.
HE WAS JUST SO TIRED OF T HE
KEPT THINKING THERE HAS GOT TO HE WAS JUST SO TIRED OF T HE
KEPT THINKING THERE HAS GOT TO
BE A BETTER WAY! KEPT THINKING THERE HAS GOT TO
BE A BETTER WAY!
IN THAT PROCESS, HE GOT A PATENT BE A BETTER WAY!
IN THAT PROCESS, HE GOT A PATENT
ON THE CAPPING MACHINE WHICH IS IN THAT PROCESS, HE GOT A PATENT
ON THE CAPPING MACHINE WHICH IS
STILL USED WORLDWIDE IN THE ON THE CAPPING MACHINE WHICH IS
STILL USED WORLDWIDE IN THE
WATER AND THE GAS INDUSTRIES STILL USED WORLDWIDE IN THE
WATER AND THE GAS INDUSTRIES
TODAY. WATER AND THE GAS INDUSTRIES
TODAY.
THE MUELLER COMPANY WAS ACTUALLY TODAY.
THE MUELLER COMPANY WAS ACTUALLY
FOUNDED IN 1857, AND IT WAS THE MUELLER COMPANY WAS ACTUALLY
FOUNDED IN 1857, AND IT WAS
BASED ON PLUMBING GOODS. FOUNDED IN 1857, AND IT WAS
BASED ON PLUMBING GOODS.
THEN SHORTLY THEREAFTER OPENED BASED ON PLUMBING GOODS.
THEN SHORTLY THEREAFTER OPENED
VARIOUS SATELLITE OR OFFICES THEN SHORTLY THEREAFTER OPENED
VARIOUS SATELLITE OR OFFICES
LIKE IN CHICAGO, CANADA, AROUND, VARIOUS SATELLITE OR OFFICES
LIKE IN CHICAGO, CANADA, AROUND,
SO THE PLUMBING COULD GET LIKE IN CHICAGO, CANADA, AROUND,
SO THE PLUMBING COULD GET
DISTRIBUTED ALL AROUND THE SO THE PLUMBING COULD GET
DISTRIBUTED ALL AROUND THE
COUNTRY. DISTRIBUTED ALL AROUND THE
COUNTRY.
HE DIDN’T STAY SMALL VERY LONG. COUNTRY.
HE DIDN’T STAY SMALL VERY LONG.
>>THE COMPANY CONTINUED TO GROW HE DIDN’T STAY SMALL VERY LONG.
>>THE COMPANY CONTINUED TO GROW
OFFERING BRASS AND IRON PRODUCTS>>THE COMPANY CONTINUED TO GROW
OFFERING BRASS AND IRON PRODUCTS
TO DISTRIBUTE WATER AND GAS. OFFERING BRASS AND IRON PRODUCTS
TO DISTRIBUTE WATER AND GAS.
BUT MUELLER’S INTERESTS WERE TO DISTRIBUTE WATER AND GAS.
BUT MUELLER’S INTERESTS WERE
WIDESPREAD, AND HE CONTINUED TO BUT MUELLER’S INTERESTS WERE
WIDESPREAD, AND HE CONTINUED TO
TINKER. WIDESPREAD, AND HE CONTINUED TO
TINKER.
AND, ONCE AGAIN, ANNOYANCE WAS TINKER.
AND, ONCE AGAIN, ANNOYANCE WAS
THE DRIVING FORCE. AND, ONCE AGAIN, ANNOYANCE WAS
THE DRIVING FORCE.
>>MR. HIERONYMUS MUELLER THE DRIVING FORCE.
>>MR. HIERONYMUS MUELLER
BROUGHT THE FIRST CAR TO DECATUR>>MR. HIERONYMUS MUELLER
BROUGHT THE FIRST CAR TO DECATUR
IN 189 5, IT WAS A BENZ. BROUGHT THE FIRST CAR TO DECATUR
IN 189 5, IT WAS A BENZ.
HE HATE THE HORSES. IN 189 5, IT WAS A BENZ.
HE HATE THE HORSES.
HE WAS SCARED TO DEATH OF HE HATE THE HORSES.
HE WAS SCARED TO DEATH OF
HORSES. HE WAS SCARED TO DEATH OF
HORSES.
AS SOON AS THIS CAR GOT OFF THE HORSES.
AS SOON AS THIS CAR GOT OFF THE
BOAT. AS SOON AS THIS CAR GOT OFF THE
BOAT.
HE HATED IT BECAUSE IT WOULDN’T BOAT.
HE HATED IT BECAUSE IT WOULDN’T
GO BACKWARDS, ONLY ONE FORWARD HE HATED IT BECAUSE IT WOULDN’T
GO BACKWARDS, ONLY ONE FORWARD
IN ONE GEAR. GO BACKWARDS, ONLY ONE FORWARD
IN ONE GEAR.
HE AND HIS SONS, FRED AND OSCAR, IN ONE GEAR.
HE AND HIS SONS, FRED AND OSCAR,
ALSO PART OF THE GENIUS OF THE HE AND HIS SONS, FRED AND OSCAR,
ALSO PART OF THE GENIUS OF THE
FAMILY, GOT INVENTIONS AND ALSO PART OF THE GENIUS OF THE
FAMILY, GOT INVENTIONS AND
PATENTS ON SPARK PLUGS AND FAMILY, GOT INVENTIONS AND
PATENTS ON SPARK PLUGS AND
VARIABLE SPEED TRANSMISSION, PATENTS ON SPARK PLUGS AND
VARIABLE SPEED TRANSMISSION,
WATER COOLED RADIATOR. VARIABLE SPEED TRANSMISSION,
WATER COOLED RADIATOR.
THEY PUT ONE GEAR BACKWARDS AND WATER COOLED RADIATOR.
THEY PUT ONE GEAR BACKWARDS AND
TWO MORE FORWARDS SO HE COULD THEY PUT ONE GEAR BACKWARDS AND
TWO MORE FORWARDS SO HE COULD
PUT HIS NAME ON THE CAR. TWO MORE FORWARDS SO HE COULD
PUT HIS NAME ON THE CAR.
>>HE EVEN ENTERED THE CAR IN PUT HIS NAME ON THE CAR.
>>HE EVEN ENTERED THE CAR IN
ONE OF THE FIRST AUTO RACES HELD>>HE EVEN ENTERED THE CAR IN
ONE OF THE FIRST AUTO RACES HELD
IN CHICAGO AND WON. ONE OF THE FIRST AUTO RACES HELD
IN CHICAGO AND WON.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS NEW HOBBY IN CHICAGO AND WON.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS NEW HOBBY
WOULD BE THE DEATH OF HIERONYMUS BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS NEW HOBBY
WOULD BE THE DEATH OF HIERONYMUS
MUELLER. WOULD BE THE DEATH OF HIERONYMUS
MUELLER.
IN 1900 WHILE WORKING ON ANOTHER MUELLER.
IN 1900 WHILE WORKING ON ANOTHER
CAR, HIS OIL SOAKED CLOTHING IN 1900 WHILE WORKING ON ANOTHER
CAR, HIS OIL SOAKED CLOTHING
CAUGHT FIRE. CAR, HIS OIL SOAKED CLOTHING
CAUGHT FIRE.
HE DIED TEN DAYS LATER. CAUGHT FIRE.
HE DIED TEN DAYS LATER.
THE COMPANY WAS NOW IN THE HANDS HE DIED TEN DAYS LATER.
THE COMPANY WAS NOW IN THE HANDS
OF HIS SIX SONS AND DAUGHTER WHO THE COMPANY WAS NOW IN THE HANDS
OF HIS SIX SONS AND DAUGHTER WHO
CONTINUED TO EXPAND THE SALES OF HIS SIX SONS AND DAUGHTER WHO
CONTINUED TO EXPAND THE SALES
FORCE ALONG WITH THE PRODUCT CONTINUED TO EXPAND THE SALES
FORCE ALONG WITH THE PRODUCT
LINE. FORCE ALONG WITH THE PRODUCT
LINE.
SOON THEY WERE OFFERING A LINE.
SOON THEY WERE OFFERING A
COMPLETE LINE OF BATHROOM SOON THEY WERE OFFERING A
COMPLETE LINE OF BATHROOM
FIXTURES IN VARIETY OF COLORS. COMPLETE LINE OF BATHROOM
FIXTURES IN VARIETY OF COLORS.
>>THEY MADE ALL THIS THING OUT FIXTURES IN VARIETY OF COLORS.
>>THEY MADE ALL THIS THING OUT
OF VITT RUSS WARE, VITREOUS.>>THEY MADE ALL THIS THING OUT
OF VITT RUSS WARE, VITREOUS.
THEY WOULD MAKE VASES WITH THE OF VITT RUSS WARE, VITREOUS.
THEY WOULD MAKE VASES WITH THE
REMAINS AT THE END OF THE DAY. THEY WOULD MAKE VASES WITH THE
REMAINS AT THE END OF THE DAY.
THE SALESMAN WOULD TAKE THE END REMAINS AT THE END OF THE DAY.
THE SALESMAN WOULD TAKE THE END
OF THE DAY VASES TO SHOW THE THE SALESMAN WOULD TAKE THE END
OF THE DAY VASES TO SHOW THE
CUSTOMERS WHAT COLORS ALL THESE OF THE DAY VASES TO SHOW THE
CUSTOMERS WHAT COLORS ALL THESE
PRODUCTS COULD COME IN. CUSTOMERS WHAT COLORS ALL THESE
PRODUCTS COULD COME IN.
WE HAVE HEARD, WE DON’T KNOW, PRODUCTS COULD COME IN.
WE HAVE HEARD, WE DON’T KNOW,
THAT THEY WERE THE FIRST COMPANY WE HAVE HEARD, WE DON’T KNOW,
THAT THEY WERE THE FIRST COMPANY
TO START AN EMPLOYEE MAGAZINE THAT THEY WERE THE FIRST COMPANY
TO START AN EMPLOYEE MAGAZINE
CALLED THE MUELLER RECORD. TO START AN EMPLOYEE MAGAZINE
CALLED THE MUELLER RECORD.
I BELIEVE THE FIRST ONE WAS CALLED THE MUELLER RECORD.
I BELIEVE THE FIRST ONE WAS
ISSUED AROUND 1910, AND IT WAS I BELIEVE THE FIRST ONE WAS
ISSUED AROUND 1910, AND IT WAS
SECRET. ISSUED AROUND 1910, AND IT WAS
SECRET.
>>EVENTUALLY THE COMPANY WOULD SECRET.
>>EVENTUALLY THE COMPANY WOULD
IP TRO DUECE COPPER PLUMBING AND>>EVENTUALLY THE COMPANY WOULD
IP TRO DUECE COPPER PLUMBING AND
OTHER INNOVATIONS. IP TRO DUECE COPPER PLUMBING AND
OTHER INNOVATIONS.
THEY ARE PROBABLY BEST KNOWN FOR OTHER INNOVATIONS.
THEY ARE PROBABLY BEST KNOWN FOR
THE FIRE HYDRANT. THEY ARE PROBABLY BEST KNOWN FOR
THE FIRE HYDRANT.
>>THEY DIDN’T INVENT THE FIRE THE FIRE HYDRANT.
>>THEY DIDN’T INVENT THE FIRE
HIGH GRANT DRANT, BUT FRANK HI I>>THEY DIDN’T INVENT THE FIRE
HIGH GRANT DRANT, BUT FRANK HI I
GOT THE PATENT ON FIRE HYDRANT HIGH GRANT DRANT, BUT FRANK HI I
GOT THE PATENT ON FIRE HYDRANT
THAT ALLOWS THE WATER TO STAY GOT THE PATENT ON FIRE HYDRANT
THAT ALLOWS THE WATER TO STAY
WITHIN THE STRUCTURE, LIKE YOU THAT ALLOWS THE WATER TO STAY
WITHIN THE STRUCTURE, LIKE YOU
SEE MOVIES WHERE A CAR BANGS WITHIN THE STRUCTURE, LIKE YOU
SEE MOVIES WHERE A CAR BANGS
INTO A WATER FIRE HYDRANT AND SEE MOVIES WHERE A CAR BANGS
INTO A WATER FIRE HYDRANT AND
THE WATER SPEWS EVERY WHERE. INTO A WATER FIRE HYDRANT AND
THE WATER SPEWS EVERY WHERE.
IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TODAY BECAUSE THE WATER SPEWS EVERY WHERE.
IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TODAY BECAUSE
OF THIS INVENTION. IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TODAY BECAUSE
OF THIS INVENTION.
I THINK IT WAS CALLED THE NO OF THIS INVENTION.
I THINK IT WAS CALLED THE NO
BEEN BLOW. I THINK IT WAS CALLED THE NO
BEEN BLOW.
WATER IS CONTAINED WITHIN IT. BEEN BLOW.
WATER IS CONTAINED WITHIN IT.
A FIRE HYDRANT MIGHT GO AWAY, WATER IS CONTAINED WITHIN IT.
A FIRE HYDRANT MIGHT GO AWAY,
BUT THE WATER STAYS THERE. A FIRE HYDRANT MIGHT GO AWAY,
BUT THE WATER STAYS THERE.
>>HIERONYMUS PASSED ON MORE BUT THE WATER STAYS THERE.
>>HIERONYMUS PASSED ON MORE
THAN A COMPANY TO HIS FAMILY.>>HIERONYMUS PASSED ON MORE
THAN A COMPANY TO HIS FAMILY.
FOR HIS SONS AND GRANDCHILDREN THAN A COMPANY TO HIS FAMILY.
FOR HIS SONS AND GRANDCHILDREN
WERE ALL TINKERERS. FOR HIS SONS AND GRANDCHILDREN
WERE ALL TINKERERS.
THE FAMILY 380 PATENTS. WERE ALL TINKERERS.
THE FAMILY 380 PATENTS.
AND THAT IS JUST THE FAMILY. THE FAMILY 380 PATENTS.
AND THAT IS JUST THE FAMILY.
IF YOU COUNTED THE COMPANY, I I AND THAT IS JUST THE FAMILY.
IF YOU COUNTED THE COMPANY, I I
THINK THERE IS ABOUT 900 IF YOU COUNTED THE COMPANY, I I
THINK THERE IS ABOUT 900
PATENTS. THINK THERE IS ABOUT 900
PATENTS.
THEY HAD A WIDE VARIETY OF PATENTS.
THEY HAD A WIDE VARIETY OF
PATENTS OF FOR ONE THING THEY THEY HAD A WIDE VARIETY OF
PATENTS OF FOR ONE THING THEY
HAD THE FIRST BIKE KICK STAND. PATENTS OF FOR ONE THING THEY
HAD THE FIRST BIKE KICK STAND.
THE FIRST SANITARY DRINKING HAD THE FIRST BIKE KICK STAND.
THE FIRST SANITARY DRINKING
FOUNTAIN. THEY HAD TO PUT THE THE FIRST SANITARY DRINKING
FOUNTAIN. THEY HAD TO PUT THE
MOUTH RIGHT ON THE FAUCET. FOUNTAIN. THEY HAD TO PUT THE
MOUTH RIGHT ON THE FAUCET.
NONE OF THE SONS, PHILIP GOT ONE MOUTH RIGHT ON THE FAUCET.
NONE OF THE SONS, PHILIP GOT ONE
ON OUTDOOR PRIVY. NONE OF THE SONS, PHILIP GOT ONE
ON OUTDOOR PRIVY.
THIS MUSEUM TALKS ABOUT THE ON OUTDOOR PRIVY.
THIS MUSEUM TALKS ABOUT THE
HISTORY, LITTLE BIT OF THE THIS MUSEUM TALKS ABOUT THE
HISTORY, LITTLE BIT OF THE
HISTORY ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HISTORY, LITTLE BIT OF THE
HISTORY ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF
WATER DISTRIBUTION BECAUSE THE HISTORY ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF
WATER DISTRIBUTION BECAUSE THE
MUELLER’S WERE INVOLVED FROM WATER DISTRIBUTION BECAUSE THE
MUELLER’S WERE INVOLVED FROM
PRETTY MUCH THE BEGINNING IN MUELLER’S WERE INVOLVED FROM
PRETTY MUCH THE BEGINNING IN
THAT KIND OF ENDEAVOR, AND THEY PRETTY MUCH THE BEGINNING IN
THAT KIND OF ENDEAVOR, AND THEY
STILL ARE TODAY. THAT KIND OF ENDEAVOR, AND THEY
STILL ARE TODAY.
IN DECATUR ILLINOIS, IS THE STILL ARE TODAY.
IN DECATUR ILLINOIS, IS THE
HEADQUARTERS, STILL FOR THE NEW IN DECATUR ILLINOIS, IS THE
HEADQUARTERS, STILL FOR THE NEW
YORK COMPANY. HEADQUARTERS, STILL FOR THE NEW
YORK COMPANY.
>>TODAY THE FAMILY NO LONGER YORK COMPANY.
>>TODAY THE FAMILY NO LONGER
CONTROLS THE COMPANY.>>TODAY THE FAMILY NO LONGER
CONTROLS THE COMPANY.
BUT THE MUELLER NAME IS STILL ON CONTROLS THE COMPANY.
BUT THE MUELLER NAME IS STILL ON
HALF OF THE FIRE HYDRANTS SOLD BUT THE MUELLER NAME IS STILL ON
HALF OF THE FIRE HYDRANTS SOLD
IN THE COUNTRY. HALF OF THE FIRE HYDRANTS SOLD
IN THE COUNTRY.
THE TAPPING MACHINE DESIGNED TO IN THE COUNTRY.
THE TAPPING MACHINE DESIGNED TO
KEEP HIERONYMUS’S FEET DRY IS THE TAPPING MACHINE DESIGNED TO
KEEP HIERONYMUS’S FEET DRY IS
STILL BEING USED ACROSS THE KEEP HIERONYMUS’S FEET DRY IS
STILL BEING USED ACROSS THE
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