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John Thomas Price

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John Thomas Price (c1866-1936), chairman and managing director of J. T. Price and Co

1911 Living at Withymoor, Amblecote, near Brierley Hill: John Thomas Price (age 45 born Amblecote), Fire Brick Works Manager. With his wife Cecilia Price (age 45 born Oldwinsford) and their four children; William John Price (age 20 born Stourbridge), Clerk at Steel Works; Dorothy Price (age 14 born Stourbridge); Thomas Edward Price (age 8 born Amblecote); and Muriel Haynes Price (age 5 born Amblecote). One servant.[1]

1936 Obituary [2]

JOHN THOMAS PRICE had a lifelong experience of fireclays and refractory materials. He was chairman and managing director of Messrs. J. T. Price and Company, Ltd., firebrick manufacturers, of Stourbridge, a firm which, in conjunction with his eldest son, he founded in 1913.

Mr. Price was born at Stourbridge and was educated privately. He entered the works of Messrs. Harris and Pearson, general engineers and manufacturers of firebricks and gas retorts, in 1879, and served until 1886.

During the next three years he gained experience in pattern making, and later became draughtsman, and then general engineer, after which he was made assistant works manager. He was appointed works manager in 1896, and held that position until he established the business associated with his name.

He held patents for improved types of brick dryers and continuous kilns, and was responsible for special designs for blast furnaces, retort settings, and regenerative furnaces.

Mr. Price was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution in 1913.

His death occurred at Stourbridge on 20th June 1936, in his seventy-first year.

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