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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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The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:56:15 -0700

Lauren's mother and stepfather are Rhonda and Jim Kirby of Good Hope and her father and stepmother are Fredand Hollie Guidi of Grafton. She is the granddaughter of Ginger Wheeler and the late James Wheeler of Mount Clare and Sandy Guidi and the ...

The Daily Campus

The Daily Campus
Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:59:45 -0700

SMU's Faculty Club met Tuesday to listen to Jim Kirby speak on the history of SMU football. His lecture was titled, “The Not So Good Old Days at SMU,” and was based on a paper Kirby researched and wrote for the centennial celebration. Kirby's lecture ...

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:41:15 -0700

For example, Kroger would work with one of the APhA Foundation's technology partners to integrate a digital online platform and engage more patients in their diabetes care. Jim Kirby, PharmD, clinical services coordinator at The Kroger Company, said ...

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 ...
Sierra Star
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 05:54:44 -0700

Given that it was such a close-knit community, it comes as no surprise that the first home Al built after getting his contractor's license was for Jim Kirby, and his first employee was Jim's older brother, Rad, who now lives in Auberry. These days, Al ...

Ventura County Star

Ventura County Star
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:07:30 -0700

JOE LUMAYA/SPECIAL TO THE STAR Veterans Jim Kirby (from right), Tim Coates, Ron Swindle and John Short salute during the national anthem at Friday's ceremony in Simi Valley. They are all from the Rolling Thunder California Chapter 1 motorcycle ...


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 ...

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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