Weldon Mersiovsky sent me an email earlier this year and asked me if I could help a woman named Carol Watson find a patent issued to her grandfather. I agreed to take on the task and contacted Carol Watson. She told me that het grandfather was August Schkade and that he was born on September 22 in 1854. She also told me her grandfather was a miller and a ginner and thought that his patent was for a cotton gin.
I was able to find patent number 399,441 for a stamper attachment for a cotton gin issued to August Schkade on March 12, 1889. I emailed the patent to Anne Nash who is Carol Watson's daughter, and asked if they had any stories about August Schkade that they would like to share with me. I told them that I would like to write about August and his patent on my blog. The following story was dictated to Anne Nash by Carol Watson and sent to me:Read More