|Amanda Jones (1835 - 1914)|
Amanda Jones was an author and an inventor. She was awarded two patents for methods preserving food, one patent for a vacuum method of canning called the Jones Process. Jones attributes her invention of the Jones Process to a vision and message from her dead brother. Afterward, Amanda Jones founded a canning company called the Women's Canning and Preserving Company, an all-woman venture. However, the venture failed.
"This is a woman's industry. No man will vote our stock, transact our business, pronounce on women's wages, supervise our factories. Give men whatever work is suitable, but keep the governing power.... Here is a mission, let it be fulfilled." - Amanda JonesAmanda Jones returned to inventing and created a oil heating furnace. She developed her heating invention in the oil country of Pennsylvania and received a patent for the oil burner in 1880.
As an author, Amanda Jones was first published in 1854, in a Methodist magazine called the "Ladies' Repository." Amanda Jones was also noted for writing several popular civil war folk songs and for her books of poetry.
Amanda Jones re-invented American food production by inventing vacuum packed canning.