The World Must Thank Michigan For These Amazing Inventions
What is the single most important invention of all time? In my opinion it is electricity. Without electricity millions of inventions would not operate. Electricity gave us light and the rest is history.
The entire world should be thanking Michigan for the brains that came up with important inventions that we use in our lives today. Some of these inventions save lives and others help us communicate and travel safely. These inventions make me proud to live in Michigan, knowing that these inventions came from the Mitten.
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According to a book entitled Michigan Yesterday & Today authored by Robert W. Domm, the modern assembly line and its basic concept is credited to Ransom Olds, who used it to build the first mass-produced automobile, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash. Olds patented the assembly line concept, which he put to work in his Olds Motor Vehicle Company factory in 1901. This development is often overshadowed by Henry Ford, who perfected the assembly line by installing driven conveyor belts that could produce a Model T in 93 minutes.
Without the invention of baby food, babies would have starved. Sarcasm aside, baby food makes parenting easier.
In 1928, Daniel Frank Gerber, Jr. took his father’s modest Fremont Canning Company, in Fremont, Michigan, to new success when he introduced Gerber’s Baby Food.
Jiffy Mix was a staple in our household when I was growing up. These folks have been producing all kinds of different mixes since 1930 and it was created, and still made, in Michigan.
Known as the “Cereal Capital of the World,” Battle Creek, Michigan is remembered as the birthplace of two major cereal companies, Post and Kellogg’s in 1895 and 1906, respectively. At one point, the city hosted as many as 80 different cereal companies.
Sometimes I just shake my head when I read how iventions came about.
Edward N. Hines (1870-1938) was a member of the Wayne County Road Commission (of Wayne County, Michigan), from 1906 to 1938. He is one of the most important innovators in road development. Hines originated the concept of painting a line down the center of a road to separate traffic in opposing directions. The idea came to him after watching a leaky milk wagon leave a trail down the street. Painted center lines were first used in 1911 on River Road in Trenton, in Wayne County.
During World War II, the United States and Great Britain spent $20 million in a failed effort to synthesize penicillin; most thought it impossible. Not until 1957 did Battle Creek-born John C. Sheehan (Ph.D., University of Michigan) achieve the impossible.
William Potts, a Detroit police officer, is credited with adding a yellow light to the four-way traffic signal, thus producing the first modern traffic light at the “corner of Woodward and Michigan avenues.”
While ginger ale originated in Ireland around 1851, America’s oldest ginger ale calls Michigan home, specifically Detroit. Named after its pharmacist inventor, Vernors is still around today, 130 years later. Also it's great with a cold, as you know.
Inventor of such things as “the turning frame, the cast cutting saw, a rubber heel for walking casts, [and] an oscillating bone saw,” Dr. Homer Stryker was beloved by Kalamazoo. His most famous invention was the patient-operated Circo-Letric Bed.