From 1860 through 1980, the world has been forever changed by a
single family of inventors.
Though their names are not known by many, their inventions are
known by all.
These inventors, all of the same family, have forever changed the
world. They modernized the way in which war was fought. They
perfected the steel industry. Developed our airplanes, oil
refineries, typewriters, milling machines, and other, countless
They are all Gathmanns.
In 1864, Louis Gathmann came to the
United States from Prussia. Louis was a brilliant inventor and
engineer, who designed anything he became interested in. Louis's
inventions were for weapons, machines, early airplanes, telescopes,
and much more. Known as the inventor of the Big Berthas, Louis was
once the most well known expert in explosives. His mansions,
factories, and weapons forever changed the face of the earth. By the
time Louis died in 1917, he had become known well enough so that his
death was mentioned in almost every newspaper in the world.
Emil Gathmann was a son of Louis. Once the
head of Bethlehem Steel's Naval Ordnance Section, Emil spent a lot of
his early life as an inventor developing weapons. Emil became
interested in the production of steel, and spent most of his life
from the early 1900's until his death in late 1949 perfecting the
ingot phase of steel production. His patents, ideas, and methods are
still used to date in the production of steel all over the globe.
Emil's death was so important, that the New York Times ran a whole
column sized article on his passing.
Otto Gathmann was a son of Louis. After
Louis's death, Otto was offered a job as a engineer at the L.C. Smith
Typewriter Company, in Syracuse, NY. Otto then moved from Chicago to
Syracuse so that he could take the job, and worked as the head
engineer in charge of the L.C. Smith factory up through at least the
1950's. Otto's patents for different typewriter parts helped him
become known in the industry which helped pave the way for computers,
Paul Gathmann was a son of Louis, and had
spent a great deal designing different airplane parts in the
Mark Gathmann was the son of Emil
Gathmann. A well known engineer for US Steel, Mark took Emil's work
and added his own twist. The ingot mold hot tops designed by Mark
were second to none (still are for that matter).
Sadly, very few people have ever heard of the Gathmanns mentioned
above. Despite the fact that Louis and Emil were mentioned in text
books, and the Who's Who books up through the late 1960's.
So, resulting from almost 10 years of research conducted by Jim
Gathmann (Louis Gathmann's great great grandson), this website has
been created. To educate, and entertain anyone and everyone with
interests associated with the Gathmann Inventors. Such interests may
include: history, weapons, the Spanish-American War, The Great War,
the steel industry, engineering, Baltimore history, Chicago history,
Syracuse history, American, Prussian, and British History, and so on.
Hopefully, depending on how much farther this research goes, Jim
Gathmann will write a book on the Gathmann inventors. With never
before seen photographs, detailed descriptions of their inventions,
drawings and diagrams from patents, a more complete listing of
Gathmann patents, everything on this site, plus a whole lot more.
Here is a page covering rumors about the
Here is a small, brief list of sources used
to create this website
Here is the Links Page
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Note: Throughout this website, there are some scanned in
copies of old newspaper articles. Some text on these articles is
either missing, or unreadable. I have tried to type up each article
hear. While doing so, I have come across such impurities, and have
replaced missing text with a "____".
This website is copyrighted 1996-2002 by
Jim Gathmann. The web
master (Jim Gathmann) can be reached by e-mail at:
All information here is as accurate as possible. Any copyrighted,
patented, trade marked, or restricted information on this site os
copyrighted, patented, or trademarked by their respective owners and
not me. Any and all photographs on this site may be in what is
referred to as the public domain- this may or may not include all of
the newspaper articles. Special thanks to all Gathmann family members
world wide who have had interest in this work, the US Navy, US Army,
the Antique Telescope Society, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and
many others! This notice applies to the entire website- not just this
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