Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Wismer Saucepan

Periodically I search Google Patents to see if ancestors appear in the listings. I have blogged several times about my husband's family members and their inventions.
Today while researching the Wismer family line I discovered Lewis B. Wismer and his saucepan. Lewis was my husband's 2nd cousin 2x removed. Lewis was born November 9, 1853 in Pennsylvania.

After discovering this patent I checked census records for possible clues. In the 1910 Federal United States Census we find Lewis B. Wismer residing in Reading, Pennsylvania. This is the town the above patent was filed.

Lewis gives his occupation as manufacturer - kitchen utensils. Looks like we have a match! Now each time we use a saucepan we will be reminded of Lewis B. Wismer, inventor.

Give Google Patents a whirl. Never know what you may discover.


  1. Loved your post! I had an inventor ancestor, too. I found out he had a patent on kitchen items in the late 1800s from the city directories. There was an ad for one of his "roasting pans" with a patent number. This was more than 10 years ago, and I had to go to Boston Public Library to use the indexes and then look up the invention in great big books in the basement. Now, with Google patents it is easy to find the patent, any mention of the inventor's name, etc. Congrats on a great find!

  2. Heather,

    Thanks for stopping by and reading the post. Glad you liked the story! Great idea about checking the city directories. Check out Heather's patent posts!

  3. Fascinating... thanks for sharing. Cheers, Catherine

  4. Catherine,

    Thanks for stopping by to read the post and leave a comment. Glad you enjoyed the discovery!

  5. No kidding! I notice his saucepan has a flared top, in the drawing. I wonder how many saucepans were patented? A nice find. We have no inventors in our family that I've found. : ( Love the drawing.