Joseph Lee, the owner of the Woodland Park Hotel in Newton, was producing too much bread.
Joseph Lee understood the challenges far greater than anyone. After working in kitchens as a child, he became a blacksmith during the Civil War. He settled in Newton, where he took a job in a bakery. Additionally, with that, he started a side job of selling food out of the boarding house in which he lived.
These experiences helped him to open his first real business. He opened a small local restaurant, while he was still in his 20s. He eventually used that success into building the Woodland Park Hotel, a dine-in resort, billiards rooms, bowling alleys and tennis courts. His hotel served to the Boston society and entertained high-profile guests. Consequently, the guests included three U.S. presidents, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison.
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The hotel was also the birthplace of Lee’s inventions. He build machines here, which modified the baking and food preparation more for over the next century. His first automated bread-kneading machine, made bread more than he and his staff could serve.
Rather than letting the extra bread to waste, Lee developed his second new invention. His automatic bread crumbing machine was the waste-saving solution. It turned Lee’s extra day-old bread into the household major that we now know as bread crumbs. Consequently, which is used for everything from fried and battered fish to bread salad.
Thomas Edison made inventions in the late 19th and early 20th century. Consequently, which were either lost to history simply because of their race. Mostly white people achieved and invented innovations for the world. Joseph Lee, however, defied these odds. In 1894, he successfully filed the first patent, for his bread kneader. He was one of the 92 Black patentees.
In 1901, he assigned patent rights to his bread-kneading machine to the newly formed National Bread Co. It is the Black-owned bread brand today.