May 5, 1809

On This Date in! in 1809 Mary Kies, the mother of three beautiful children, was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for a technique that weaved straw with silk and thread. A subsequent lawsuit was filed against her by one Johann Rumplestilzchen, who claimed she learned the technique from him in Dresden, Germany. They were able to settle out of court, and the mother of two beautiful children was awarded all rights to the technique for as long as her children and future grandchildren lived.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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