Inventors are inspiring. Ada Henry Van Pelt was an inventor, suffrage activist, editor, author, and lecturer. She held several patents, including an electric water purifier and filter, an improved combination lock, and an apparatus for utilizing momentum.
Ada Henry was born in 1838 in Princeton, Kentucky.She had two siblings, a sister and a brother. Ada married Captain Charles E. Van Pelt in 1864. After his service in the Civil War, the couple moved to Nebraska. She was one of the founders of the public library in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Ada moved to California in 1889. She became the editor and a writer for the temperance weekly, Pacific Ensign. She, also, served a term as president of the Pacific Coast Woman’s Press Association. She worked on the weekly until 1897. In 1898, she went on a lecture tour speaking about her work with the American Red Cross during the Spanish-American War. Ada, also, wrote two plays that went on to be produced in the San Francisco area. In 1912, she became an honorary member of the French Academy of Science.
Ada Henry Van Pelt’s inventions were patented during the later part of her life. Her success as an inventor could be an example of the saying “it’s never too late”. She passed away on August 7, 1923. She was 84 years old. Be inspired! Have a bright day!