Sarah E. Goode

She was born Sarah Jacobs to parents Oliver and Harriet Jacobs of Toledo, Ohio in approximately 1855. The family was enumerated in the 1860 Census in Toledo and listed as being of the Mulatto race, and Oliver was a carpenter. By 1870 the family had migrated to Chicago...
Mothers of Invention:  Thank a Woman

Mothers of Invention: Thank a Woman

Melitta Bentz Melitta – does that name sound familiar?  Today its namesake’s invention is a coffee machine necessity.  If you enjoyed a steaming cup of home-brewed coffee this morning, sans coffee grounds, you have a woman to thank for that. Amalie Auguste...
Mothers of Invention:  Bette Nesmith Graham

Mothers of Invention: Bette Nesmith Graham

As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.”  In the late 1940’s single mother Bette Nesmith was an executive secretary at Texas Bank and Trust in Dallas.  To cover up her typing mistakes she mixed a batch of tempera water-based paint to match the...