Life Savers and Other Cleveland Innovations

What little candy with a hole in the center, invented here in Cleveland, made enough money to allow the buying of American Broadcasting Company?

Clarence Crane of Cleveland invented Life Saver candy. In 1913 Ed Noble from New York purchased Cranes Candy Company for $2900.00. Thirty years later in 1943, Noble bought ABC for $8,000,000 cash with proceeds made from Life Saver candy.

The early Cleveland area had many innovations in food products early on which became national success stories. For example Harry M. Stevens was the first person to think of wrapping a frank forte in a piece of bread. The name "Hot dog" came from an actual dog, a dachshund, in 1900.

A fellow by the name of Dr. James H. Salisbury was the inventor of Salisbury steak. A medical research doctor by profession, it appears the good doctor liked his beef.

Cleveland chemist Graham W. Clarke was the first to liquefy carbonic acid gas that made the soft drink industry possible.

Yes, early Cleveland was involved in all things inventive. Many thanks to the late Earl R. Hoover and his book, "Cradle of Greatness," for documenting so much about our early Cleveland.

Clarence A. Crane photo

Clarence Crane

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