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George Crum : The Inventor of the Potato Chip

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Ashley Rosen

on 20 May 2013

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Transcript of George Crum : The Inventor of the Potato Chip

Timeline of George Crum's Life How the Potato Chip Came to Be George Crum decided to be a cook at Moon Lake Lodge's Restaurant. He still had his feisty nature from when he was a child and would get angry if a customer didn't like his dish. In the summer of 1853, a woman ordered some sliced potatoes, like french fries. She tried the dish and hated it, claiming they were too thick and soft, and demanded a new batch. Crum was so angry at her that he cut the new batch of potatoes in very thin slices, too thin to eat with a fork, and fried them
until they were hard and crunchy. To top off his dish, he added a heaping of salt. He thought this was sure to teach the woman a lesson. She tried the potatoes and loved them, thus the potato chip was born. George Crum's Childhood/Family George Crum was born to an African - American father and Native American mother in Saratoga Lake, New York. Some sources say he was born in 1822, while other sources say he was born in 1828. As a child, he was very rebellious and feisty, which helped him survive all the bullying he went through due to his multicultural heritage. He was not well educated and was bullied all the time. When he got to be a young adult, he was so tired of all the bullying of his last name, he legally changed it to "Speck", though he is still professionally known as "Crum".When George Crum got to be older, he worked as a trapper and a Mountain guide. By Ashley Rosen George Crum : The Inventor of
the Potato Chip More Information
on George Crum George Crum was married 2 different times (Some sources say 4)
He had 3 kids in total (2 with his first wife and 1 with his second)
Potato chips were originally called "Saratoga Chips", named after where they were made
Crum never attempted to create the potato chip - it was an accident
After he invented the potato chips, he opened up his own restaurant - "Crum's Place" where there was a basket of chips on every table
George has not made any other inventions
George Crum died on July 22, 1914 at the age of 86 (Some say 92) in Saratoga Lake, New York Impacts on the Potato Chip The Potato chip continues to be one of the favorite snack foods in the United States. Every day, there are many people that enjoy potato chips. However, not all impacts were good. There is a large amount of salt on them and they can make you gain weight. ______________________________________________________________ 1822/1828 - Birth l Summer , 1853 -
George Crum
invents the potato
chip l l 1860 - George Crum
opens his own restaurant l 1895 - William Tappendon (from Cleveland, Ohio) begins selling potato chips in grocery stores l 1914 - George Crum dies at the age of 86/92 l 1932 - Herman Lay creates Lay's Potato Chips Image from http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/crum.htm Image from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74560168 Sources __________ www.black-inventor.com/George-Crum.gsp www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/crum.htm www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74560168 Created by: Portia Seeing StarsDate Published: Aug 07, 2011
Date Accessed: May 17, 2013 http://www.geni.com/people/George-Speck-aka-Crum/6000000011537596722
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