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For the American labor leader, see James Kirby. For the baseball player, see Jim Kirby (baseball).

James B. Kirby (September 28, 1884 - June 9, 1971) was a Scottish inventor who moved to America and is known mostly for inventing the Kirby vacuum cleaner.

His father was a Great Lakes marine engineer. Kirby grew up in Cleveland's southwest side on Marvin Avenue. He claims that he got his start early by attending electricity and magic classes at the Y.M.C.A. While attending Lincoln High School he worked as a lamplighter where he walked up and down Scranton road and Denison avenue lighting and snuffing out the street lights for which he earned $16.50 a month. He would often also go to downtown Cleveland and "stuff" newspapers for a dollar a night. He invented his first vacuum cleaner, called the Domestic Cyclone, in 1906, which was a hand-powered canister cleaner that used a water filtration system. Jim Kirby lived most of his adult life on his farm in Richfield, Ohio, about 28 miles south of Cleveland.

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WCNC
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:45 -0700

Jim Kirby and Rick Kazebee teamed up for an economic, and energy efficient drawing. "The big thing for me was accessibility of quality to all income levels, not just high dollar," Kirby said. Since it was a voluntary competition, there isn't a prize ...

Bridlington Today

Bridlington Today
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:45:00 -0700

Jim Kirby returned the lowest gross score of the day, but his handicap left him one shot away from the winner with a fine 65 nett and a nearest the pin award on the tricky 14th hole. Ron Howarth was two shots away in third place and was denied a hat ...
 
Tamworth Herald
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:52:30 -0700

Newbold didn't ever look like troubling that score, especially after Richardson bowled opener Malsbury for two and David Mowbray (2-14 from just eight overs) bowled Jim Kirby for seven. Richardson also picked up the key wicket of opener Dan Ball for 44 ...
 
Journal-Advocate
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:52:08 -0700

Ray Brammer. 82. Brande Kirby. 83. Jim Kirby. 84. Cassidy Wright. 85. Sheila Godfrey. 86. Lila Koch. 87. Lori McClaran. 88. Samara Gillespie. Contact David Wilson at 970-526-9285 or dwilson@journal-advocate.com. Print Email Font Resize Return to Top ...
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