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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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American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Accepting a Pinnacle Award for The Kroger Company, Clinical Services Coordinator Jim Kirby said, “We view the Pinnacle Award as the most prestigious” of all awards in the industry. Kroger's everyday clinical services include immunizations, medication ...
Wise County Messenger
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:11:15 -0700

Graveside service is 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie with her nephew, Dr. Jim Kirby, officiating. Burial is under the direction of Shaw's Funeral Home in Bowie. Geree was born April 5, 1917, in Crafton to Wiley and Dora Higgs.
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:05:53 -0700

Head coach Jim Kirby said a realistic approach is key as young runners such as sophomore Vivian Broderick embrace newfound leadership responsibilities. Broderick finished eighth at the 2013 state meet. "The kids always want to be successful, and they ...
The Salinas Californian
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:04:09 -0700

... Dick Gularte (55), Harold Harriman (12), Dick Herman (42), Art Hernandez (22), Don Ikeda (13), Jerry Jackstis (37), Jim Kirby (54), Jerry Ledin (60), Paul Malech (35), Jim McClung (53), Jim Musler (25), Marty Norman (10), Art Nunes (34), Charlie ...
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:03:45 -0700

Partnering with organizations like the APhA Foundation, health systems and universities has enabled us to develop and test unique interventions," said Jim Kirby, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, Kroger's clinical coordinator. "These programs are using a team-based ...
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:35:41 -0700

"We are pleased that LANStatus, a well-respected VAR, has joined our growing channel partner program and is already working on opportunities with new prospects," said Jim Kirby, Executive Vice President of Sales, Xtium. "Our partner program is one of ...

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