Not too many people know that on occasion, I have a sixth sense about things...call it a sort of paranormal intuition. When in cemeteries, I get a tapping on my shoulder...a hunch...a distraction...a calling from some gravestones. I think that it is someone who has passed on, trying to get my attention to ask me to stay for a while and talk with them. I know, creepy, right? There are those persons who have a story to tell, and they want me to listen. So, I do.
Such was the case when I was indexing section H in this cemetery. I came upon a memorial stone dedicated to Mr. Adolph Rebernak. This name might not mean much to you, but it will when I tell you about Adolph. Have you ever used a cleaning product named Endust? What about using a squeeze sponge mop made by O'Cedar? Of course you have, haven't you?
|Bronswood Cemetery, Section H Lot 76|
Adolph Rebernak was the inventor of the squeeze sponge mop, Dri-Glo and Endust. Now, you might be thinking, "this gal is really nuts" and that is your right. But read on and learn a bit about this man who wanted me to listen to his story.
Mr. Rebernak passed on February 7, 1990. He had a rather nice obit written about him. Here is what I found in the Chicago Tribune :
|patent for the foldable compression mop|
|patent drawing for the foldable compression mop by A. Rebernak|
Mr. Rebernak did not stop there. No way. He decided to make some revisions to his mop. He made it an angular sponge mop. Probably easier to handle for the person using the mop and less taxing on the back. Here is the patent information for this new, and improved mop :
|information found at patents.google.com|
Patent 3,038,188 has a file of drawings regarding the sponge mop invented by Mr. Rebernak :
I never knew it took this much technology and thought to come up with such an idea. Remember the O'Cedar commercial jingle....O'Cedar makes your life easier? Well now you can thank Mr. Rebernak each time you grab a sponge mop and put it to use. Just think of how many lives he made "easier" by inventing this mop, along with the cleaning products. I find myself singing the jingle, "O'Cedar makes your life easier", each time I grab a mop, and think of Mr. Rebernak.
Now, who else from this cemetery will want to tell their story to me? I'll let you know....
A little more information about the O'Cedar Corporation, taken from it's website, www.ocedar.com :