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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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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:22:30 -0700

Dowling Catholic's longtime cross country coach Father Jim Kirby will be honored Oct. 31 during the Iowa state cross country meet. He will receive the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Golden Plaque of Distinction. The award goes annual to a ...

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:52:30 -0800

United Technical Center will continue to be utilized by many of the students.” County Attendance Director Jim Kirby thinks expansion of the program will improve graduation rates and help prepare more students for the future. Officials are currently ...

Ventura County Star

Ventura County Star
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:27:19 -0800

Lorraine Larsen (from left) bows her head as she and her sisters Diane D'Andrea and Suzanne Huberth have a moment of reflection during Friday's National POW-MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the VFW Post 10049 Military Museum in Simi Valley.

Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Daily Journal
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:03:45 -0700

Joseph Saunders Kirby, 60, of Acworth, longtime editorial page editor for the Marietta Daily Journal, died Friday, October 30, 2015. Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Marietta. A reception will follow in ...

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 ...
Akron Leader Publications
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:56:15 -0700

The RJRD owns the Crowell Hilaka property, a former Girl Scout camp that had been the home of inventor Jim Kirby. Candidates need a desire to preserve and protect real property with valuable natural features as parks and spaces for governmental, civic, ...

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 ...


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 ...

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