Thomas Edison

Written By: Gary Wonning

Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. He was the seventh and last child of Nancy and Samuel Ogden Edison.

Edison's family moved to Port Huron  after the railroad bypassed Milan in 1854 and business declined. Beginning as early as age twelve, Edison sold candy and newspapers on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit and sold vegetables to supplement his income.

Edison obtained the exclusive right to sell newspapers on the road, and, with the aid of four assistants, he set in type and printed the Grand Trunk Herald, which he sold with his other papers. This began Edison's long streak of entrepreneurial ventures, as he discovered his talents as a businessman.

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Plaque honoring Thomas in Port Huron Michigan

Thomas Edison, like many other successful people,  began his working career at a very early age. He began at an age many would consider a child today and too young to work. In reality, in today's world, if something of this nature would become known, child protective services would be called and not only would he be made to stop, but the parents would be prosecuted as well.

In this day and age, many kids his age roam freely and have nothing to do, thereby they get into all kinds of trouble, not having an outlet for their creativity.

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Port Huron to Detroit train

Wouldn't it be more beneficial to not only themselves but society as well to let them begin life early, do something productive and become an asset to society than have them roaming the neighborhoods creating havoc?

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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Published by Gary Wonning