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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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RTO Insider

RTO Insider
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:56:15 -0700

It's not something you can ever rehearse or plan for,” Jim Kirby — commonly called Kirb — said in an interview on the morning of his last day. “It's been a great ride.” The Philadelphia native started his career with PECO Energy on Sept. 4, 1962, at ...

Southwest Virginia Today

Southwest Virginia Today
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:50:57 -0700

The Destinations play in Saltville in August 1966. From left are Jim Kirby, Harry Stephenson, Charlie Morris and Jim Bays. The band of Marion natives is reuniting for a free admission jam session Thursday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. at Macado's in downtown Marion.

The Salinas Californian

The Salinas Californian
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:05:41 -0700

Jim Kirby. Salinas. Kudos for open government column. Thank you to Jeff Mitchell for one of the best articles I've read in years on transparency in government (The Californian, Aug. 18). What in the world are these taxpayer-paid officials afraid of? I ...


Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:03:45 -0700

Parishioners of Holy Martyrs Parish in Oreland, Montgomery County, welcomed Father Jason Kulczynski as their new pastor at his installation Mass that he celebrated at the church Sunday, Aug. 9. See scenes from the Mass at the full church, located at ...
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:56:15 -0700

276-492-2409 or info@thecrookedroad.org. 50th REUNION SHOW: Marion, Va., Macado's, Aug. 13, 12 noon, The Destinations featuring Jim Kirby, Jim Bays, Harry Stevenson and Charlie Morris. 276-378-5026. GOSPEL SINGING: Meadowview, Va. Fire Hall ...


Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:24:34 -0700

dealing with quite the mess after two trains collided in the new river valley. multiple cars were knocked off the tracks and two people were taken to the hospital. the federal railroad administration will be investigating, at this point we don't know ...

RTO Insider

RTO Insider
Mon, 25 May 2015 18:11:02 -0700

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — PJM's Annual Meeting last week marked a number of milestones: It was the largest yet, with 525 attendees, and it heralded the end of CEO Terry Boston's eight-year tenure as well as the retirement of PJM employee No. 13, Jim Kirby ...

American Drycleaner

American Drycleaner
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:52:30 -0800

“We write an explanation of our findings and what the findings mean, and a conclusion on why or where this occurred,” says Jim Kirby, ITAL's chief analyst. “Whether it was a manufacturing defect, or if the consumer did something in use or storage, or ...

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