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Charles Franklin Kettering
Birth: Aug. 29, 1876
Death: Nov. 25, 1958

Inventor. Born in an Ohio farmhouse, as an engineer he set up the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company where he invented his most significant engine devices. He is most noted for inventing the first electrical ignition system and the self-starter for automobile engines and the first practical engine-driven generator. Kettering's engine-driven generator, named the 'Delco,' provided electricity on millions of farms. In 1916, he sold his company to General Motors. With G.M. he set up and directed a central research laboratory and stayed for 31 years, until his retirement in 1947. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Jacob Kettering (1841 - 1914)
  Martha Hunter Kettering (1845 - 1920)
 
 Spouse:
  Olive Leora Williams Kettering (1877 - 1946)*
 
 Children:
  Eugene Williams Kettering (1908 - 1969)*
 
 Siblings:
  David William Kettering (1864 - 1938)*
  Emma Jane Kettering Culler (1868 - 1944)*
  Adam Isaac Kettering (1869 - 1958)*
  Charles Franklin Kettering (1876 - 1958)
  Daisy Edna Kettering Heyde (1884 - 1949)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
Dayton
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 22, 1998
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Never owned an olds that didn't need the delco starter changed.Now days chuck oldsmobile, Delco and you are gone.rip
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