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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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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:07:32 -0700

Dowling Catholic assistant girls' coach Jim Kirby, who worked with state champion Flood, said athletes who dream about big races should realize that may not result in more attention from college coaches. "It's the apple that everyone thinks, 'If I can ...

Chicago Daily Herald

Chicago Daily Herald
Thu, 21 May 2015 03:31:23 -0700

Jim Kirby, a member of the three-man study team for the first phase and property expert, said while the airport generates $128 million of economic activity and provides 500 jobs in the community, the surrounding areas near Industrial Drive and Palatine ...

Muscatine Journal

Muscatine Journal
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Jim Kirby can still remember the announcer's voice. Katie Flood, a freshman at Dowling Catholic High School, where Kirby was an assistant coach, was winning the 3,000-meter run at the 2007 Drake Relays. Mike Jay's call of Flood's victory, the first of ...

American Drycleaner

American Drycleaner
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:39 -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 ...
The City Wire
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:58:08 -0800

... additional outdoor living features to the pool patio and rooftop terrace. "We are tremendously excited to have Sterling Frisco kick off our re-emergence back into the student housing market, said Jim Kirby,” executive vice president of GMH Capital ...


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:30:00 -0700

The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals is expected to rule next week on the rezoning of Reston National Golf Course. The board delayed a decision in January regarding an attempt by owners of the Reston National Golf Course to rezone the property ...


Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:10:02 -0700

Photograph by Jim Kirby. You can enjoy live music and tasty food any time of the year at one of two favorite haunts. Locals love Jimmy's Old Town Tavern (697 Spring St., Herndon; 703-435-5467) for its hot wings—the original Jimmy hailed from Buffalo.


Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:56:15 -0700

Some 49 protestors, members of Rescue Reston, braved a windy morning Sunday to gather in front of the Reston office of Northwestern Mutual to spell out the word “NO.” They hoped to get their word across to Northwestern Mutual to stop attempts at trying ...

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