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Mark C. Honeywell was born in Wabash in 1874. He spent his childhood growing up in Wabash and in Florida, and graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1891. In 1905 he installed what was thought to be the first hot water heating system in America. His business, M.C. Honeywell Heating and Sanitary Work, became Honeywell Heating Specialties Company. By 1906 the company was making thermostats and automatic controls for heating systems, and by 1927, company sales were more than $1.5 million and the company employed 450 people. Today, Honeywell Inc. is a multi-national company with 93,000 employees.
In 1939 Mark Honeywell made a commitment to build the Honeywell Memorial Community Center, dedicated to his late wife and to his parents. He established The Honeywell Foundation, Inc. in 1941 to operate the Center. The Center reflects Mr. Honeywell's belief that many children were "growing up in a different environment" and needed the help of organized programs. Today, the Center offers a wide range of events that bring cultural activities to the residents of Wabash and surrounding areas. The Center also provides facilities to accommodate special community events.