Biography of Elwin W. Manning
Barton, Tioga County, NY Biographies





ELWIN W. MANNING, son of Job R. and Mary A. (Davenport) Manning, was born on Oak Hill in Barton, November 21, 1853. Having a good common school education Mr. Manning became first a farmer for some years, and then a brakeman on the Erie railroad, where after one week's service his hand was crushed which ended his railroading. He was then a photographer for three years, and then he carried on millinery for seven years. He then went to Toledo, Ohio, and was superintendent of the works of the Smead Heating and Ventilating works. In 1895 he returned to Waverly and purchased the bottling business of Genung & Bell which he now conducts. Mr. Manniug is also the patentee of a bottle stopper. The patent was filed January 30, 1896, the patent number being 561,013. The patent claims, first, "The combination of a bottle stopper having a boss or projection on its upper face, said boss or projection having an oblong slot. Therefrom a wire secured around the neck of the bottle, and having bearings at opposite points, a lever having its end portion loosely engaged with said bearings; a bail whose transverse arm loosely engages the slot of the stopper, and whose inturned end portion loosely engages the bearings of said lever, and an arm pivotally connected to said stopper and to the wire which surrounds the neck of the bottle; second, in a bottle stopper fastening, the combination with the stopper having the oblong slot or slots, the bail loosely engaging the slot or slots, the lever engaging said bail, and the wire on the neck having bearings engaged by lever, of an arm pivotally engaging said wire at its lower end and hinged or pivoted to the cover at its upper end." Mr. Manning married, first, Miss Ella Doane, who died March 11, 1890, second, Miss Elizabeth Gonyer, his present wife.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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