Peter Ivanoff

Peter Ivanoff

Birth
Bulgaria
Death 3 Feb 1946 (aged 64–65)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 177732189 · View Source
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The Seattle Daily Times, February 4, 1946, page 21:
Peter Ivanoff Taken by Death
Peter Ivanoff, 63 years old, who 15 years ago proposed to incorporate for $100,000,000 to produce a co-motional power engine “to put an end to all carbon, smoke and noise,” died yesterday at his home, 420 N. Canal St. He had been ill several weeks.
Mr. Ivanoff came to this country from Bulgaria in 1907, and devoted his lifetime to the solution of mechanical problems. His plant, also at 420 N. Canal St., produced parts for Boeing during the war.
$300,000 Donated
Friends donated literally hundreds of dollars to advance Mr. Ivanoff’s inventions. In 1931 a Seattle accountant who had audited the inventor’s books, said the gifts totaled more than $300,000, coming mainly from Canada and Europe. Acquaintances said Ivanoff lived thriftily, investing all he could spare in his work.
The inventor considered his co-motional machine a brain product equal to those of an Edison or Newton. He said the machine could be built small enough for a pocket watch or large enough to turn the screws of a large ocean liner.
His statement that the machine could make a six-volt battery propel an automobile from Seattle to Los Angeles and back excited as much interest in 1931 as the present estimated of what atomic energy could do if inserted in automobiles.
Mr. Ivanoff was a member of Ark Lodge No. 126, F. & A. M.; Bethlehem Commandery No. 19, Knights Templar, and of the Nile Temple.
Mr. Ivanoff came to Seattle 23 years ago from Missoula, Mont. He is survived by a son in Bulgaria. Butterworths will announce funeral arrangements.
The Seattle Daily Times, February 5, 1946, page 17:
$200,000 Estate to Aid Research
An estate estimated at $200,000 was left in trust to continue research in co-motional power it was learned yesterday when the will of Peter Ivanoff, retired owner of the Ivanoff Machine Works, was admitted to probate in Superior Judge John A. Frater’s court.
Ivanoff, who died Sunday at the age of 63, named 14 residents of British Columbia and Alberta to serve as trustees of the estate. The will also listed 26 bequests ranging from $500 to $2500 to persons living in Washington, Montana, Iowa, and Alaska.


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