Learn More About Former Fisher Island Resident Gar Wood

Learn More About Former Fisher Island Resident Gar Wood

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Learn More About Former Fisher Island Resident Gar Wood

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tags:   Jill Hertzberg

Before the Vanderbilts cemented their status as the “first family” of Fisher Island, it changed hands several times. Previously we discussed Dana Dorsey, and today we’re shedding some light on the entrepreneur, inventor, builder, and racer Garfield “Gar” Arthur Wood.

Born on December 4, 1880, in Mapleton, Iowa, Gar Wood was born into a family well-versed in boats, a skill he would hone and become famous for as an adult. After working with boats from an early age, Wood’s invention skills emerged after he invented a hydraulic lift used for unloading coal from rail trucks. At one point, Wood held more patents than any other living person in the United States.

As an adult, Wood launched Wood Hoist Co., which he later renamed to Garwood Industries, establishing himself as a successful businessman. Garwood Industries became known for its racing boats. Wood continued his fascination with racing boats well into the 1930s, breaking speed records left and right. In fact, Gar Wood cemented his spot in history by becoming the first man to travel more than 100 miles per hour on water.

It was in the 1950s when Wood acquired Fisher Island. He became the last millionaire to reside on the island that once served as a retreat for a single family. In 1963 he sold Fisher Island and the rest, as they, is history.

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