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John Robert Fortune

mechanical engineer

John Robert Fortune, American mechanical engineer. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineers Society Western Pennsylvania, Detroit Engineering Society, Ohio Society Mech., Elec. and Steam Engineers, American Foundrymen’s Association Inventor and patentee many improvements in mechanic stoking apparatus.; Club: Ingleside.

Background

Fortune, John Robert was born on August 1, 1871 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Thomas Jenkins and Mary (Buckley) Fortune.

Education

Educated Detroit public schools and by private study.

Career

Engineer Murphy Iron works, Detroit, 1890-1898, American Stoker Company, New York, 1898-1900, Automatic Furnace Syndicate, London, England., 1900-1901. Chief engineer, Underfeed Stoker Company, London, 1901-1903. European manager Murphy Iron works, London, 1903-1905.

Chief engineer, Murphy Iron works, Detroit, 1905-1915. Mechanic engineer Dodge Brothers, Detroit, 1915-1917. Works manager Bunting Brass & Bronze Company, Toledo, 1917-1918.

Membership

Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineers Society Western Pennsylvania, Detroit Engineering Society, Ohio Society Mech., Elec. and Steam Engineers, American Foundrymen’s Association Inventor and patentee many improvements in mechanic stoking apparatus. Club: Ingleside.

Connections

Married Nettie E. Thomas, of Detroit, June 6, 1898.

father:
Thomas Jenkins Fortune

mother:
Mary (Buckley) Fortune

spouse:
Nettie E. Thomas