Fred Jones' invention of providing refrigeration to a truck while transporting food items revolutionized the way we get food and supplies that are preserved with good quality, safe to eat, and from areas all around the world. His invention allows us to have kiwi from New Zealand and salmon from Alaska any time of year. Pharmaceuticals that are temperature-sensitive can be trucked into remote areas of Africa and save millions of lives. The shelf-life of foods lasts longer due to correct temperature-controlled transportation. In my mind, his invention has allowed us to experience other cultures through foods that are grown far away. It makes this world a better place to live.
~Kim Thorsen, Minneapolis, MN
He wasn't born in MN but he came here when he was 19 and lived here until he died. He invented many things in his time. One of them changed the world in how we get our food delivered today. He invented a way to refrigerate transport trailers - the rest is history.
~Dave Nelson, Mpls, MN
Truck Refrigeration The coming of truck refrigeration dramatically changed the country's food industry. Before this, people bought locally produced crops and, in the winter, relied on things stored in root cellars, canned goods or other foods preserved in the kitchen. Some food was shipped in railroad ice cars, but the invention of truck refrigeration allowed speedy and flexible delivery throughout the U.S.
The 1935 development is credited to Frederick Jones, an African-American who lived in Minnesota. He worked on farms, was a race car driver, and a self-trained inventor. A total of 61 patents were issued in Jones' name, including a portable X-ray machine,the movie ticket dispenser and air conditioning units for military field hospitals.
If you appreciate being able to get fresh or frozen foods from warmer climes in the winter rather than relying on rutabagas and salted pork, you might want to vote for truck refrigeration as one of the top 150.
~Steve Trimble, St. Paul, MN