James Alferd Kirkby, actively identified with the manufacturing and commercial interests of Toledo as the vice
president and secretary of the CoghlinKirkby Machinery & Supply Company, was born in Toledo, September 29,
1879, a son of Richard and Emma Olive (Johns) Kirkby. The father was a passenger conductor on the railroad and
is now active.
James A. Kirkby pursued his public school education until he had completed the high school course, after which
he started out in the business world as a clerk in a heavy hardware establishment, being thus employed from 1899
until 1911. during which period he became thoroughly familiar with every phase of the business and gained valuable
experience in the commercial world, so that he was well qualified to take up business on his own account when in
1911 he became one of the organizers of the Coghlin-Kirkby Machinery & Supply Company. Through the intervening
period of eleven years he has been active in the management, control and development of the business and as vice
president and secretary of the company he has bent his energies to adrinistrative direction and executive control.
From the beginning the enterprise has prospered and its trade relations are now extensive and important. Mr. Kirkby
is also one of the directors of the Grid-Iron Grip Wheel Company.
In Toledo, on the 3d of June, 1903, Mr. Kirkby was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Elizabeth Felt and they have
become parents of a son and a daughter, Frederick Richard and Ann Ruth. Mr. and Mrs. Kirkby are members of St Mark's
Episcopal church and manifest a helpful interest in those forces which make for. the uplift of the individual and
the betterment of the community at large. Mr. Kirkby is a thirty second degree Mason and member of the Mystic Shrine
and he also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, to the Rotary Club, to the Toledo Yacht Club, the
Sylvania Club, the Toledo Automobile Club and is likewise identified with the Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo
Art Museum. It will thus be seen that his interests and activities have always been directed in those channels
through which flows the greatest good to the greatest number. While he has never sought to figure prominently in
public life nor to become a public official. he has nevertheless been mindful at all times of his duties and obligations
to the general welfare and has lent the weight of his aid and influence to many projects which are of decided value
in advancing the material growth, the cultural development and the moral progress of the city.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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