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Springfield in Clark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

James Leffel

1806 - 1866

 
 
James Leffel Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
1. James Leffel Marker
Inscription.

Springfield's "first inventor", born in Virginia, brings a genius previously unparalleled in the history of our community. His passion for the use of the abundant water supply in the area accelerates Springfield into the early beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Leffel's first invention, the "Buckeye stove", drastically improves upon the conventional oven of its day. But the construction of the then controversial 1½ mile long Mill Race, powering twelve factories on the city's north side near the Buck Creek, opens the door for his most well-known invention, the double turbine water wheel. The first industrial complex is the result of Leffel's combined efforts with the Barnett brothers using this innovative water wheel. Springfield prospers at the hand of James Leffel as he becomes the nation's leader in water turbine manufacturing.
 
Location. 39° 56.206′ N, 83° 49.29′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Touch for map. Marker is in Section E of Ferncliff Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 West McCreight Avenue, Springfield OH 45504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Dick (within shouting distance of this marker); John Ludlow (within shouting

James Leffel Grave Marker Inscription image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
2. James Leffel Grave Marker Inscription
distance of this marker); Union Soldiers Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oliver Smith Kelly (about 300 feet away); Asa Smith Bushnell (about 400 feet away); Jeremiah Warder and Ann Aston Warder (about 500 feet away); Eliza D. Stewart (about 600 feet away); William Whiteley (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of The James Leffel & Company. (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The James Leffel & Company. (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The James Leffel & Company Manuscript Collection at Wright State University. (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. History of Springfield, Ohio. (Submitted on March 26, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Turbine on James Leffel Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
3. Turbine on James Leffel Grave Marker
James Leffel Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
4. James Leffel Marker and Monument
At upper left
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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