“Next to his family, Wampler said his job was his first love”

In my hand is a Foreman’s Manual from the Carrier Corporation. It was issued to Elrey Cloud Wampler in April of 1951. Born in Illinois in 1895, Wampler grew up in a modest family, the son of a teacher. He served in World War I. When he was discharged at the age of 19 as a captain, he was the youngest general staff officer in the United States Army. Upon returning home, he became a banker in Chicago until he learned about the Carrier Corporation from their mid-west offices that were located in a building owned by his firm. Wampler began to work for the company in 1933 and moved to Syracuse to work full-time in 1941. He would go on to become board chairman and chief executive officer of Carrier Corporation; he also served as president from 1942 until his retirement in 1965. In that time period, Carrier’s sales increased from $19,340,000 to $350,807,000 and employment from 2,284 to 7,588. Wampler stressed education and community involvement to all his employees, once saying, “It is up to each and every company such as ours to be a good industrial citizens and this is best accomplished through its people being good individual citizens.” Besides work, Wampler was a widely known art collector and often exhibited his vast collections at the old Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts and later the Everson Museum. He was also a friend of former United States President, Herbert Hoover. The house featured in the background is 320 Sedgwick Drive, the home he lived in with his Wife, Eugenia, and their two daughters. Next to his family, Wampler said his job was his first love. He passed away in 1973 and was buried in Arlington Cemetery.