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Joseph Richard Carden Kearns

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Joseph Richard Carden Kearns (1879-1933) of H. W. Kearns and Co known as Joe Kearns

son of Henry Ward Kearns

1933 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH RICHARD CARDEN KEARNS was chairman and managing director of Messrs. H. W. Kearns and Company, machine tool manufacturers, of Broadheath, Manchester.

He was born at Baxenden, near Accrington, in 1879, and received his education at Dulwich College from 1890 to 1896, when he commenced an apprenticeship with Messrs. William Muir and Company, Manchester.

From 1899 to 1901 he continued his studies at Christ's College, Cambridge, and later joined Messrs. H. W. Kearns and Company, for whom he was appointed managing director in 1907. He subsequently held the position of chairman of the company in addition.

Mr. Kearns was elected to Membership of the Institution in 1929.

He died on 19th July 1933.

* 1933 Obituary[2]

IT is with very deep regret that we have to announce the death of Mr. Joseph R. C. Kearns, M.I. Mech. E. at his home, Orrish-Meres, Brooklands, Cheshire, on Wednesday, July 19th last. Mr. Kearns health had been the cause of some anxiety for some months, but he took an active part in business until quite recently. He was the third son of the late Mr. H. W. Kearns, Brooklands, Cheshire, and was educated at Dulwich College and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he obtained his B.A. degree. He served his apprenticeship with that old-established firm of Manchester machine tool makers William Muir and Co., Ltd., and was afterwards works manager until 1907, when he started the firm of H. W. Kearns and Co., Ltd., Broadheath, acting as managing director, and subsequently, on the death of his father in 1927, as chairman. Mr. "Joe" Kearns was an energetic business man, but found time to devote his attention to other matters. He was, for example, a member for many years of the Executive Council of the Machine Tool Trades Association, and lately acted as chairman of a small committee appointed by that body to make recommendations in connection with the importation of foreign machine tools to the Import Duties Advisory Committee. Mr. Kearns was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Manchester and District Employers' Federation and chairman of the Broadheath and District Manufacturers' Associntion. The firm of H. W. Kearns and Co., as our readers are aware, has, throughout its entire existence been engaged in the machine tool industry, and the works have been doubled in size since they were controlled by Mr. Joe Kearns.

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