Monday, November 17, 2008

The Hilarious History of Newark

A lighter note this morning...

There was an interesting article in today's Newark Advocate that detailed some of the inventions that came from our humble town...

The Invention of Fiberglass
The Invention of the Roller Coaster
The Invention of Remington Rolling Block Rifle
The Invention of the Coca Cola Bottle (the shape)
The Invention of the Combined Hair Curler and Crimper (I use one of those)

But the most hilarious part of the article is about the invention by one Dr. James Henry Salisbury...


A physician by trade, Salisbury is best known for his invention of chopped beefsteak covered in gravy.

He served as a physician during the Civil War and became convinced that diarrhea suffered by the troops could be controlled with a diet of coffee and lean chopped beefsteak.

Eventually he came to believe most diseases were a result of an unhealthy diet and spent the rest of his life developing this meat patty which came to be known as Salisbury steak.

Salisbury also had a geology background and helped map the earthworks in Newark. He lived in Licking County for several years, between 1860 and 1862, said Ohio Historical Society archeologist Brad Lepper.

Why couldn't I have lived in the time when steak and gravy was considered health food? You can read the full article here.

Pastor Noel