Inventions, Discoveries and Ideas

From Jefferson County NY Wiki

Things purported to be invented in Jefferson County[edit | edit source]

Chloroform - Dr. Samuel Guthrie of Sackets Harbor used it for anesthesia.


The percussion pill, for firearms- Samuel Guthrie


The safety pin - Walter Hunt.


A practical sewing machine- Walter Hunt


The brown paper bag- Taggart


Shredded wheat- not invented in Watertown, but the machine that made it was


The Hitchcock lamp (with a wind-up fan in the bottom to cut down on smoke)- Robert Hitchcock


The hooded t-shirt


The railroad sleeping car - invented by Theodore Woodruff


Bedsprings- James Liddy


The fountain pen


The Eames vaccuum brake- (Fred Eames)


Car Freshner 'little-trees'


Croghan Bologna


Philadelphia Cream Cheese (in Philadelphia, NY; but there is some debate as to whether it really was invented here or actually in the Catskill region)


The original yo-yo idea (Maybe not.. check out this link Who Invented The Yo-Yo])


Thousand Islands Dressing (mayonnaise with chili sauce and seasonings - chopped pimentos, green peppers, and onion).


Lifesavers - Edward John Noble lived in Gouverneur; he owned the Beechnut Fruit Company and invented Lifesavers.

(Maybe not .. .Check out this link Life Savers Candy History])



Also to note (this is the best place I could find for this) a 'B' Horror movie was filmed at Boldt Castle back in the early 1980's. "Fear No Evil" was a vision of Writer/Director Frank Laloggia.


=Also See[edit | edit source]

See Notable Personalities Living and Dead