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.
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:48:45 -0700
Neighbor Jim Kirby told CBS 11 News, “I heard three or four shots and I heard a dog yelp. I went across the street there to see what it was over there. There was a black dog over there… I just thought the dog was scared.” Kirby said he left the dog ...
Akron Beacon Journal
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:21:36 -0700
Photo of the lake and the Kirby House at the former Girl Scout camp, Crowell Hilaka. The 336-acre camp, founded by inventor Jim Kirby, is known for its extraordinary natural resources and historic landmarks and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy has ...
Akron Leader Publications
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:55:49 -0700
“Jim Kirby was an inventor and it was his summer home. There's a lot of his inventions here, like the water wheel that produced electricity.” The lake Kirby created, with a system for removing silt, is patented, the only one in Ohio that is, the ...
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:30:20 -0700
Jim Kirby. Kevin Scullin… A roll call of young boys. A roll call of shattered dreams. They are scattered around the world now – Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Australia, the Philippines, but all 11 attended Mirfield in the 1960s and 70s. Mark ...
PR Web (press release)
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:36:46 -0700
“Companies are eager to take advantage of new technologies to improve productivity, mobility and collaboration,” said Jim Kirby, Executive Vice President of Sales, Xtium. “To do this, more and more are turning to IT service providers. Through our ...
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