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Michael Joseph Owens

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Early Life and Education:
– Michael Joseph Owens was born on January 1, 1859, in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
– His parents were Joseph Owens and Mary Owens (née Chapman) from County Wexford, Ireland.
– His father worked as a coal miner.
– Owens left school at 10 to start a glassware apprenticeship in Wheeling, West Virginia.
– He began his apprenticeship at J. H. Hobbs, Brockunier and Company.

– Owens moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1888 and worked at the Toledo Glass Factory.
– He was promoted to foreman and later supervisor.
– Owens simplified the glass bulb-making process for Edison General Electric’s electric lights.
– He invented a mold-opening device and a paste to prevent bulbs from sticking.
– In 1903, he founded the Owens Bottle Machine Company.

Personal Life:
– Owens married Mary E. McKelvey in 1890.
– They had two children: Hazel Augusta Owens and John Raymond Owens.
– After Mary’s death, Owens remarried Mollie Owens and had two more children.
– He passed away on December 27, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio.
– His second family included Ray Owens and Florence Owens.

– U.S. patent 534,840: Apparatus for blowing glass.
– U.S. patent 548,587: Machine for blowing glass.
– U.S. patent 548,588: Machine for blowing glass.
– U.S. patent 766,768: Glass Shaping Machine.
– U.S. patent 774,690: Glass Shaping Machine.

– Michael Joseph Owens is featured in The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography.
– Information about Owens can be found on e-WV.
– Owens is recognized in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
– The American Society of Mechanical Engineers designated Owens’ AR Bottle Machine as a historic engineering landmark.
– The New York Times reported on Owens’ passing in 1923.

Michael Joseph Owens (January 1, 1859 – December 27, 1923) was an inventor of machines to automate the production of glass bottles.

Michael Joseph Owens
Born(1859-01-01)January 1, 1859
DiedDecember 27, 1923(1923-12-27) (aged 64)
Mary E. McKelvey
(m. 1890)
Engineering career
Projectsautomated production of glass bottles
AwardsElliott Cresson Medal (1915)
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