About Godwin Thomas
Godwin Thomas has been making his clients happy in the real estate business all across the United States. He was honored as a Kentucky Colonel in the state of Kentucky and was a real estate broker in Colorado before bringing his skills to Texas. He built and renovated homes in Corpus Christi, Spring Branch, Georgetown and San Antonio before settling in Hood County. Now, his sole focus, as well as the primary aim of Maxwell Homes, is giving personal attention to all of his clients in Granbury and the surrounding areas. He knows that his clients put their funds in the trust of Maxwell Homes, and that's why all of the projects Maxwell Homes takes on receive the same amount of detailed care. Read the history below to understand why Thomas is driven to provide a quality service for his customers.
At 2 p.m. on May 24,1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened. On that day in history 150,300 people crossed the bridge and paid the 5-cent toll. At 1,595.5 feet it was the longest suspension bridge ever built and was the world's first steel cable suspension bridge.
On October 14, 1898, my grandfather, Maxwell Robert Brooklyn Mushet Thomas, was born. He was three generations removed from Mary Thomas, born 1818 in St. Briavels, Wales who married Robert Forester Mushet, the inventor of the modern-day steel process. This is where my story begins.
In the early 19th century, most steel needed to be shaped before it could be used after casting in the mold. To harden the steel, it was plunged into cold water in a process called quenching, but this often resulted in cracking. A solution to this was discovered in 1868 by Robert Mushet, who was working as an iron-master in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. He discovered that, by adding a small amount of tungsten to the crucible melt, a new steel was formed that had remarkable qualities. Tools made from this steel required no quenching, as the steel hardened in the open air. This tougher steel could now cut harder metals and at faster speeds than the old carbon steel. Mushet described it as self-hardening steel, which soon became known as Robert Mushet's Special Steel ("R.M.S."). This product was the first real tool steel and the forerunner of modern high quality steel.
The process was patented, but he left the renewal to others, who neglected to keep up with it, and the patent lapsed. Englishman Henry Bessemer appropriated it, as anyone then could, but then claimed the whole process as his own invention.
Years later Bessemer steel was used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and was instrumental in the 'invention' of the skyscraper, attributed to George Fuller (1851-1900).
George Fuller built the Tacoma Building in 1889, the first structure ever built where the outside walls did not carry the weight of the building. Using Bessemer steel beams, Fuller created steel cages that supported all the weight in tall buildings and skyscrapers. The Flatiron Building was one of New York City's first skyscrapers, built in 1902 by Fuller's building company.
In my own business, everyday, I strive to match the passion and determination to excel exhibited by these engineers and builders years ago to create extraordinary buildings. I can do no less.
I hope you enjoyed the story of my heritage and invite you to become part of Maxwell Homes modern day success by letting us create your new home in the spirit of my ancestors.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
--Godwin Maxwell Thomas