Mina Miller was a more assertive woman than Mary Stilwell and proved to be an invaluable companion t

Mina Miller was a more assertive woman than Mary Stilwell and proved to be an invaluable companion t

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Unformatted text preview: Mina Miller was a more assertive woman than Mary Stilwell and proved to be an invaluable companion to Edison. To occupy herself during her husband's long absences, she was active in the community. She also raised their three children– Madeline, Charles, and Theodore–in their new house in West Orange, New Jersey. 1886 was also the year Edison opened his new research laboratory in West Orange. Having outgrown the Menlo Park facility, Edison set about building a three-story building with an attached powerhouse comprising more than 50,000 square feet of floor space. The new facility had an emphasis on manufacturing and business as opposed to invention. These new directions complemented the turn of Edison's career. Still, important new inventions came out of the West Orange facility, such as the Kinetoscope and the dictating machine. Edison also perfected the phonograph and the electrical light and the dictating machine....
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