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).


Click here to view an Acrobat file of the Table of Contents and Introduction

Click here to view an Acrobat file of the cover


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.