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Henry Ward Kearns

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Henry Ward Kearns (c1841-1927) founder of H. W. Kearns and Co

c1841 Born in London.

1907 Formed the company H. W. Kearns and Co

1927 Died.


1927 Obituary[1]

We have to announce with regret the death of Mr. H. W. Kearns, B.Sc., in his eighty-sixth year.

Mr. Kearns was born in London and went to Manchester when a young man to be apprenticed to a firm of analytical chemists. He was afterwards engaged in the dyeing and bleaching site of the cotton industry.

In 1907 he formed the company of H. W. Kearns and Co, machine tool makers, Broadheath, nr Manchester, and remained chairman of it until his death.

He is succeeded in this business by his two sons, J. R. C. Kearns and H. W. L. Kearns, who have all along taken a very active part in the firm's development.


1927 Obituary [2]

H. W. KEARNS died on January 28, 1927, in his eighty-sixth year.

Born in London, his early training was of a scientific character, and he obtained the B.Sc. degree at the University of London. He went to Manchester and was apprenticed to a well-known firm of analytical chemists.

As a young man he was engaged in the dyeing and bleaching side of the cotton industry, and became head of Messrs. Kearns, Allen & Co., Dyers and Bleachers, of Baxendon, near Accrington. This business was built up under his control, and about 1900 it was acquired by the British Cotton and Wool Dyers, Ltd.

In 1907 he formed the company of Messrs. H. W. Kearns & Co., Ltd., Machine Tool Makers, Broadheath, near Altrincham, of which he was chairman until his death. He was a County Magistrate for Lancashire.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1904.



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