Old Newspaper Clippings
Inventor Goodrich Was In Our Town
Contributed by Susan Kunst. Thanks, Susan!
Times-Leader, McLeansboro, Illinois
say that all men who are inventors are dreamers too…This may be, but
Hanson Goodrich of McLeansboro had his feet on solid ground, and was
truly one of this country's pioneers.
He was not only one of the finest photographers
of his day, but the pictures had a staying quality, which matches work
of today's photographers. His
tinted portraits are just as clear and unfaded as if they were made
On heavy parchment, dated August 16, 1889, is a
patent, the name, and town of McLeansborough, Illinois, beautifully
written in old script, signed by the Commissioner of Patents for a
Coffee-Pot. But this is not
any old coffee-pot…it has a drawing in the patent papers, of each part
side and front views, which cannot be told from the percolator of today.
And that is what it is…a percolator.
He states, does this Hanson Goodrich, that the
attachment he has invented can be arranged in any coffee-pot…"it
is a slightly covex circular or supporting, or base plate, with a tube
rising therefrom, and a cup, secured to the upper end of the tube.
It is so constructed, so that placed within the coffee-pot, the
water, when it becomes heated, rises in the tube, escapes into the cup,
in which the coffee has been placed, and "percolates" through
the same, as to extract the strength therefrom, finally escaping through
the perforated bottom of the cup, to the water below, producing a liquid
which will be free of all grounds and impurities so that it is not
necessary to use any clearing materials".
There is a much more detailed explanation of this
invention but enough has been told here to leave no doubt that Hanson
Goodrich, was truly the inventor of the percolator, as we know it today.
He was the grandfather of several Goodriches,
still living and working in McLeansboro.
C. C. Goodrich, Jr., florist, Lucille, and Mrs Coralie Goodrich
Frazier, still in business on the square, in the same building their
Grandfather Hanson Goodrich started in business, here in McLeansboro, in
Of course, Hanson Goodrich came to Southern
Illinois long before this time, Shawneetown being his first stop,
marrying a girl from there, Sallie Ann Edwards, in 1866.
He ran a men's clothing store there, then bought what was called
a "trading boat", hauling all kinds of supplies on the river,
from his home port to New Orleans.
It sank at Memphis, and he procured a second boat, carrying cargo
from Cincinnati, Ohio to Osceola, Arkansas.
He brought the first supply of gasoline ever ferried down the
river. This boat was cut in
half at Osceola, Arkansas by a huge ice floe and sank there.
Then he started his moving gallery on wheels,
taking pictures as he traveled, finally building his studio on the East
side of the square.
In 1876, he sent in to Washington, D.C. applying
for papers to get a patent on an "improved door lock".
This is signed by Goodrich and Chapman.
From the first generation, William¾Goodrich, who came from England in 1648...with the heritage of Goodrich Castle, fine litographs of his fabulous castle in the present generations possession, and the direct line to the 8th grandfather, a story to top fiction could be written…a true pioneer family.
Note: Hanson Goodrich was born September 22, 1836
in Burnt Prairie, White Co., IL and died January 16, 1908 in
McLeansboro, IL. He is buried at the IOOF Cemetery there.
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