Biography of Francis C. Osborn
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OSBORN, Francis Conrad, president and manager F. C. Osborn Co.; born, Bridgeport, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1856; son of Ozias and Mary C. (Herbener) Osborn; educated in public schools, Cazenovia (N. Y) Seminary and Syracuse University, graduating, degree of Ph2., 1885; married at Huntington, Ind., June 22, 1891, Laura A. Freole; 3 children: Ruth, Laura, Francis C., Jr. Taught in public schools, Fayetteville, N. Y., 1880-82; traveling representative Ginn & Co., publishers school and college text books, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, headquarters in Chicago, 1885-89; located in Detroit, 1889, and invented and designed several styles of cash registers and other machinery; organized the Osborn Cash Register Co., Ltd., 1896, and was secretary and mechanical superintendent of same until sold out to National Cash Register Co. in 1900; organized Standard Computing Scale Co., Ltd., 1889, to manufacture computing scales of his invention and design, and was general manager and secretary of same, 18891901, when he sold out; organized, 1901, the P. O. Osborn Co., manufacturers round paper box machinery, and president and general manager of the company; on inventions staff of the National Cash Register Co., 1900-4; invented and put on the market the O. K. Computing Cheese Cutter, now made and marketed by the Standard Computing Co.; has been granted thirty six United States and foreign patents and has acted as mechanical expert in a number of important patent suits. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Detroit Engineering Society, Franklin Institute, Delta Upsilon. Progressive. Club: Peninsular, Delta Upsilon. Recreation: automobiling. Office: 45-49 Fort St. E. Residence: 64 Lawrence Ave.

The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit

Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Chicago 1914.

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