FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE
1895 to 1899 - Next
1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam was born. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.
1895 Michael Joseph Owens of Toledo, Ohio patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making. He founded the Owens Bottle Machine Co., and the Libbey-Owens Glass Company.
1895 Purdy and Peters were issued a patent for a "design for spoons."
1895 African American inventor Joseph Lee patented a machine for "bread crumbing." It was intended for use by restaurants to crumb large quantities of bread scraps.
1895 Jack Dempsey was born. Regarded as one of the greatest boxers, he held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He then became a successful restaurateur in New York City.
1895 A U.S. patent was issued for an electric stove.
1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.
1895 The first shipment of canned pineapple left Hawaii.
1895 Jell-O was created. In 1845, Peter Cooper, inventor and founder of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, obtained the first American patent for the manufacture of gelatin. In 1895, cough syrup manufacturer Pearl B. Wait purchased the patent and developed a packaged gelatin dessert. Wait's wife, May David Wait named it "Jell-O."
1895 C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduced Postum Food Coffee, a coffee substitute made from wheat, bran and molasses.
1895 Rudolph Boysen was born. He developed the boysenberry, a raspberry-blackberry hybrid in 1923.
1895 Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in the U.S. in New York City.
1895 Cordon Bleu school of cooking was founded in Paris by Marthe Distell to teach cooking to upper class women.
1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented his method for making peanut butter.
1896 George Washington Ferris died. He developed the first Ferris Wheel for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois (1893).
1896 Rural Free Delivery (RFD) begins.
1896 Michelob beer was introduced by Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
1896 A Porterville farmer named Mr. Bearss brought pomegranate cuttings from Florida to California and began propagating them. This variety was sweeter and juicier than the others, so he aptly named it the Wonderful variety.
1896 Alfred Ely Beach died. American inventor and publisher of ‘Scientific American’ magazine.
1896 Fannie Farmer Cookbook is published.
1896 Leo Hirshfield introduced the Tootsie Roll at his small store in New York City. It was supposedly named after his 5 year old daughter, whose nickname was 'Tootsie.'
1896 Clement Hardy received a patent for the rotary disk plow.
1896 Opening day of the first modern Olympic games. The last Olympics were held 1,500 years ago.
1896 According to some stories, the Chinese-American dish, chop suey, was created in New York City by Cantonese chef, Li Hung-Chang
1896 Charles Glen King was born. King was a biochemist who discovered vitamin C in 1932. He extracted and isolated it from lemon juice.
1896 J.T. White was issued a patent for an improved lemon squeezer.
1896 The Northrup-King Seed Company was founded in Minnesota.
1896 Harriet Beecher Stowe died on July 1. Sister of Catherine Beecher. Harriet was an American abolitionist and author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852). She was also co-author with her sister Catherine of 'The American Woman's Home: Or, Principles Of Domestic Science; Being A Guide To The Formation And Maintenance Of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, And Christian Homes' (1869).
1896 May 14: The coldest May temperature ever recorded in the U.S. lower 48 states: Minus 10 F at Climax, Colorado.
1897 The famous editorial 'Is There a Santa Claus' reply to 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon letter appeared in the New York Sun on Sept 21. (See article: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus)
1897 Tea Importation Act passed, the first U.S. law regulating food products.
1897 Alfred L. Cralle of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, patented an ice cream scooper. His basic design is still used.
1897 Dr. John Kellogg served cornflakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn't be sold commercially until 1906.
1897 Victor Mills was born. He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble. He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut buter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
1897 Jell-O was introduced. (see also 1895)
1897 Carl Elsener patented the Swiss Army Knife.
1897 Juliet Corson died. Librarian, cookery teacher and writer, founder of the New York Cooking School in 1876. Her books include 'Cooking Manual' (1877), 'Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six' (1878), and 'Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery' (1886).
1897 The largest sturgeon was caught, 1,387 pounds, in the Fraser River.
1897 Edmond Rostand's romantic, dramatic play 'Cyarano de Bergerac' premiers in Paris. A unique combination of love, swordplay, comedy, pathos and proboscis.
1897 Campbell's Soup invents condensed soup.
1897 The J.M. Smucker Company was founded in 1897 when the Company's namesake and founder sold his first product — apple butter — from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. He used an old family recipe and hand-signed every package as his personal guarantee of quality. (www.smuckers.com)
1898 Post Grape Nuts are introduced by C. W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan. (There are no grapes of nuts in Grape Nuts).
1898 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson died. Dodgson's pen name was Lewis Carroll. He was an English mathematician and creator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice had a habit of eating and drinking unknown substances.
1898 Rudolf Karl George Friedrich Leuckart died. A German zoologist, a pioneer in the modern study of parasites. He showed that trichinosis was caused by a worm-like parasite.
1898 John Sherman of Worcester, Massachusetts received a patent for the first machine to fold and seal envelopes.
1898 Daniel Gerber of baby food fame was born.
1898 The first vending machine law was passed in Omaha, Nebraska.
1898 Atlantic City, NJ opened its Steel Pier (boardwalk). The world-famous Steel Pier had 9 miles of food, beverages, concessions, amusements, concerts, etc. Ed McMahon, of the Johnny Carson Show and Publisher's Clearing House fame, was a barker on the pier in his youth.
1898 Waldo Lonsbury Semon was born. Semon was an American Inventor who is credited with the invention of Vinyl. Vinyl is the 2nd most used plastic in the world. Semon held over 100 patents.
1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured the first adding machine with a printer.
1898 Caleb D. Bradham, a New Bern, North Carolina pharmacist created Pepsi-Cola, in imitation of Coca-Cola. (He originally called it Brad’s Drink). see also 1903.
1898 The National Biscuit Company (later to become Nabisco) introduced Uneeda Biscuits and began making Graham Crackers.
1899 Paul Hermann Muller was born. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972. However its residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002!
1899 David Misell was issued a U.S. patent for the first battery operated flashlight.
1899 Aspirin was patented by Felix Hoffman of the German company, Bayer. (Aspirin was originally developed by Charles Frederic Gerhardt in 1853, but he never followed up on it and it was soon forgotten)
1899 The first dishwashing machine was introduced by Josephine Garis Cochran. It became an award winning success at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which used her hand operated, mechanical dishwashers in its kitchens. (She patented it on December 28, 1886.) Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.
1899 Benjamin F. Jackson patented a gas burner.
1899 Oysters Rockefeller was created by Jules Alciatore, owner of Antoine's Restaurant.
1899 Percy L. Julian was born. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein.
1899 Minnesota's all time record low temperature: 59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.
1899 U.S. agricultural exports were about $703 million a year during the 1890s (71% of total exports).
1899 The comedy short 'Stealing a Dinner' was filmed by cameraman G.W. 'Billy' Bitzer for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. (Mutoscope were 'peephole' motion pictures on cards mounted on a rotating drum turned by hand.)
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1899 George Cook patented an automatic fishing device.
1899 James Ricks patented a rubber overshoe for horses.
1899 A.T. Marshall of Brockton, Massachusetts patented a refrigerator
1899 Alfred Hitchcock was born.
1899 Carnation began producing evaporated milk.
1899 The first motorized vacuum cleaner was patented by John S. Thurman.
1899 The term 'conspicuous consumption' was coined by Thorstein Veblen in his book 'The Theory of the Leisure Class'.