Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 09:26 AM.

But she was born on Valentine’s Day…

Surely, she had some love interests or experiences with men.

She did.

You see, Margaret didn’t have much time for men.  She was busy inventing things.  She started when she was 12 years-old.  At 12, while working in the cotton mill, she invented a safety device for the mill after witnessing a spindle fly off its moorings and injuring a worker. 

These accidents in the cotton mills were common, and Margaret solved the problem by creating a stop-motion device. Margaret being young and her family uneducated was unable to patent the idea and make money from its use and sale.

Believe it or not, it’s still in use today.

In fact, Margaret came up with close to 90 different inventions.  She became known as the “woman Edison,” in reference to Thomas Edison.

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