High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Walter Dietrich Behlen
(October 16, 1905 - July 26, 1994) was born on a small farm near
Columbus, Nebraska. He was the second of nine children born to Fred
and Ella Behlen. His high school education was interrupted by
illness, but he returned to school at age 20, and received his
diploma at age 23. He married Ruby Cumming in 1940; the couple had
two children.Behlen began his industrial career and the Behlen
Manufacturing Company as a one-man operation in 1936. While working
as a railway express man, he began producing steel toe caps for
wooden-soled industrial shoes using various hand tools, a grinder
poured from scrap metal, and a homemade forge he had installed in
his garage workshop. During this time he also invented a lid clamp
for wooden egg cases, which became "the first of a long line of
products completely designed and fabricated in our factory."
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