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Charles F. Kettering

 
 
Charles F. Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
1. Charles F. Kettering Marker
Inscription. Charles F. “Boss” Kettering was a prolific inventor. While at National Cash Register, he invented the first electric cash register. Kettering founded the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco) in 1909 and developed the electric self-starter for automobiles, first used in 1912 Cadillacs. He also developed no-knock Ethyl gasoline, lacquer car finishes, four-wheel brakes, safety glass, and high-compression engines; made significant improvements to diesel engines that led to their use in locomotives, trucks, and buses; and collaborated with Thomas Midgley, Jr. in the development of the refrigerant Freon. Kettering served as President of the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1918, co-founded the Engineers' Club of Dayton (1914), and was director of research at General Motors Corporation from 1920 to 1947. His interest in medical and scientific research led to the founding of the Kettering Foundation and the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research.

Automobile Self-Starter
[Charles Kettering memorial, funded by The Kettering Family, at RiverScape in Van Cleve Park, about 250 feet west across Monument Avenue from the historical marker above. A cross view of the auto self-starter and his many US Patent numbers circle his portrait]
Curiosity Creativity Perseverance
“There will always
Charles F. Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
2. Charles F. Kettering Marker
"Birth of Flight" marker to left of steps in front of The Engineers Club.
be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand”
“You never get anywhere going the obvious way”
“I know the glass [illegible]. What I want to know is why you can see through it”
 
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Dayton Section of SAE International, Engineers Club of Dayton, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-57.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.839′ N, 84° 11.442′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Monument Avenue (Ohio Route 4) and Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling west on Monument Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in front of The Engineers Club. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birth of Aviation (a few steps from this marker); John Van Cleve (within shouting distance of this marker); "The History of the World is the Biography of Great Men" (within shouting distance of
Kettering Auto Self-Starter Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
3. Kettering Auto Self-Starter Monument
this marker); Benjamin Van Cleve (within shouting distance of this marker); 1905 Wright Flyer III (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Laurence Dunbar (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 / And The Rivers Flowed Through The City (within shouting distance of this marker); Newcom Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Charles F. Kettering - Ohio History Central. (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Some Charles Kettering quotes. (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Kettering Memorial Image image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
4. Kettering Memorial Image
Kettering's Patent Numbers Ring the Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
5. Kettering's Patent Numbers Ring the Memorial
Kettering Memorial Quote image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
6. Kettering Memorial Quote
Kettering Automobile Self-Starter Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
7. Kettering Automobile Self-Starter Marker
 
 
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