Harriet and William Williamson came to Braidwood in 1872, where William worked as a hoisting engineer at the Chicago and Wilmington coal company’ “I” shaft. Tragedy struck in September 1881 when William died from injuries sustained when the engine house roof collapsed. Harriet, now widowed, with no income and several children to support, turned to an old family recipe to make a living. After her husband’s death, Harriet and her children began making and distributing the candy to merchants in the Braidwood area. She named it G shaft after the mine she could see from her kitchen.