Charles Fenerty and his Paper Invention

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Unaware of Fenerty across the ocean, he experimented for a few years and, in , filed for a patent in Germany for the ground wood pulp process for making modern paper.

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This was the beginning of a very large industry that exists to this day. In that same year Henry Voelter bought the patent for about five hundred dollars and started making paper. Keller did not have the funds to do it.

At one point he did not have sufficient money to renew his patent. Keller died poor, but well remembered in Germany as being the first to discover the process. As a youth, Charles worked for his father in the family lumber mills.

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During the winter months the Fenertys would clear-cut the local forests for lumber something Charles did not like. It would then be transported from neighbouring lakes to Springfield Lake where their lumber mill was located. The lumber would then be hauled into the mill and cut up.

The Fenertys would ship their lumber to the Halifax dockyards, where it was exported or used for local use since Halifax was going through a "building boom" at the time. He had two brothers he was the youngest boy , both of whom helped with the operations. Charles was also a farmer. The Fenertys had around 1, acres 4.

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They would ship most of their produce to the markets in Halifax. It was in his youth where he was inspired by both nature and poetry.

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He was 17 years old when he wrote it. The lodge was in poor condition, and was not occupied as Prince Edward return to England in August He would have had passed this home every time he hauled his lumber and produce to Halifax. Concerned about the difficulty a local paper mill was having in obtaining an adequate supply of rags to make quality paper, Fenerty succeeded in producing paper from wood pulp as early as Fenerty's inspiration has been attributed to either a study of spruce fibres, influenced by the reports of Titus SMITH concerning its possible usefulness, or to his observation of how wasps made a form of paper from vegetable fibres; but most likely it came from perceiving that the fibrous matter formed by the constant friction of wood upon wood in the moving parts of sawmills could be used to make paper.

Fenerty neglected to publicize his discovery until , by which time others had patented papermaking processes based on wood fibre. Search The Canadian Encyclopedia. : Charles Fenerty

And in he sent a letter to the Acadian Recorder newspaper click here for his letter , with a sample of his pulped wood paper, announcing his discovery of the world's first piece of paper made from pulped wood and the invention of a "wood grinding machine" that produces the pulp for papermaking. His method is still used today. By advancing paper into an unlimited supply, Fenerty became one of the great revolutionists in communications during the Industrial Revolution. And as an analogy, his paper invention did for the world what the Internet has done for us today; making the transfer of information more abundant.