Invented in Saratoga County
Released in July, 2008 and available for sale at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa and Borders Books in Saratoga.
Summary of a few Saratoga County inventions featured in the book:
Lysander Button, Waterford – steam and hand-operated fire engines
Ransom Cook, Saratoga – auger bit, cannon-making, stenciling
Henry Miller, Waterford – sound machines (licensed by the Victor Talking Machine Co) and knitting machines
Theodore Timby, Saratoga – revolving turret used on Monitor iron-clad in Civil War
George West, Ballston Spa – square-bottomed paper bag
George Eddy, Waterford – Mohawk Hydrant and Eddy Valve
George Batcheller, Saratoga – Batcheller Mansion, first copyrighted residence
Charles Dowd, Saratoga – Standard Time
Ebenezer Holmes, Saratoga – refrigerated casket, used to preserve the body of Gen Ulysses Grant when he died on Mt McGregor
Luke Kavanaugh, Waterford – knitting machine burrs, used around the country
Solomon Smith, Waterford – furnace air current governors, used around the country
William Potter, Clifton Park – roofing composition in wide use today
Israel Mosher - shovel plow sold throughout the county
Benjamin Barber - double-turbine water wheel that tested as one of the best in the country
John Hegeman - folding pontoon boat manufactured and sold at Ballston Spa's Blue Mill
Joel Farnam and John Hatfield - refined and produced the country's first striking matches
"Invented in Saratoga County" contains hundreds of graphics and photographs, some of which have never been published before. For example, there is a photograph from the Michael Noonan Collection of George Crum (inventor of the potato chip), Village President Caleb Mitchell (gambling house owner and inventor of a serving table), and what is believed to be Cary Moon, owner of Moon's Lake House. There are also dozens of graphics taken from the original patent drawings to aid the reader in visualizing the inventions. Information was drawn from more than fifty resources, including many books that are over one hundred years old (found in the bibliography).
Theodore Timby's globe clock
Lysander Button's steam fire engine
Ransom Cook's famous "beetle bit"
George West invented a line of paper bags which sold by the hundreds of millions
Copies of the book will be donated to various historian offices and libraries around the county.