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Loudonville in Ashland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Charles Franklin Kettering

 
 
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By Christopher Light, June 24, 2007
1. Charles Franklin Kettering Marker
Inscription.  A pioneer in automotive innovation. Charles Franklin Kettering (1876-1958) was born three miles north of Loudonville. He attended local schools and graduated from Ohio State University in 1904. He organizaed the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco) in 1909, which later became a part of General Motors (GM). “Boss Ket” served as vice-president of research for GM until 1920 and held over 140 patents (including four-wheel brakes, safety glass, and ‘ethyl’ gasoline), achieving his greatest fame for the all-elecric starting, lighting, and ignition system. The electric starter debuted on the 1912 Cadillac and was soon available on all cars, helping to popularize them with women. In 1945 he helped establish the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Institute in New York.
 
Erected 2001 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Ashland City-County Council, the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & Commerce
Charles Franklin Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2007
2. Charles Franklin Kettering Marker
Roads & VehiclesScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 40° 38.129′ N, 82° 13.967′ W. Marker is in Loudonville, Ohio, in Ashland County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Pleasant Street on East Main Street. Located across the street (west) of the public library in the town's park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Loudonville OH 44842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clear Fork Gorge (approx. 3.3 miles away); Greenville Treaty Line (approx. 5 miles away); Johnny “Appleseed” Land Lease and Nursery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Greene Ville Treaty Line (approx. 5˝ miles away); Greentown Delaware Village (approx. 6.1 miles away); Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm (approx. 8.8 miles away); Hayesville Town Hall and Opera House (approx. 9.6 miles away); PFC Terry L. Schaub (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Charles F. Kettering - Ohio History Central. (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
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By Christopher Light, June 24, 2007
3. Fountain
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By Christopher Light, June 24, 2007
4. First Baptist Church Southwest of the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2007. This page has been viewed 2,500 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on October 1, 2020, by Robert Baughman of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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