Edwin Elijah Perkins

Edwin Elijah Perkins

Birth
Lewis, Cass County, Iowa, USA
Death 3 Jul 1961 (aged 72)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 12620 · View Source
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Inventor. Born in Lewis, Iowa, he is credited for being the co-inventor and promoter of the powered soft drink Kool-Aid. As a young man he was working at his father's store in the village of Hendley, Nebraska, where he met his future wife, Kitty Shoemaker. At first his interest was in medicines and house hood products which were sold door-to-door and by mail. Kitty introduced him to a powder product called Jell-O which made him want to make a pre-packaged food. His first endeavor was a popular fruit-flavored liquid concentrate called "Fruit-Smack". In 1927, he developed a powdered water drink mix then called “Kool-Ade”, which he packaged in envelopes and sold in grocery stores. The product became such a great hit, that it soon had sales demands and he formed the Perkins Products Company in 1931. Perkins relocated to Chicago, Illinois and the product name changed to “Kool-Aid” in 1934. Kool-Aid went on to become a household name and Perkins sold his company to General Foods in 1953. He died at age 72 in Minnesota.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 18 Sep 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Elijah Perkins (8 Jan 1889–3 Jul 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12620, citing Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .