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Elmer G. Kesling
Birth: Nov. 17, 1881
Death: Mar. 11, 1961

Dentist and inventor. He is the one who moved the gearshift in a car from the floor to the column. He came up with this idea in the 1940's from a patient of his who was an amputee and had difficulty shifting gears with the gearshift on the floor. As a result, Kesling came up with the vacuum transmission which helped to move the gear shift to the column. This allowed the patient to shift gears with his stump rather than having to reach down on the floor with his left arm to shift gears. He sold the patent to General Motors for $275,000.00 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Granville Kesling (1857 - 1952)
  Mary Jane Loser Kesling (1861 - 1923)
 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Justice Kesling (1890 - 1917)*
 
 Children:
  Helen May Kesling (1913 - 1938)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elmer G. Kesling (1881 - 1961)
  Elsie Kesling (1885 - 1978)*
  Effie Bell Kesling Laymon (1892 - 1976)*
  Floyd Jennings Kesling (1898 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bloomfield Cemetery
Bloomfield (Stoddard County)
Stoddard County
Missouri, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 15, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 21389
Elmer G. Kesling
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Elmer G. Kesling
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- R I P
 Added: Nov. 17, 2014

- Tom Black
 Added: Dec. 26, 2013
My 1972 Plymouth Duster has a "3 on the tree." It was groovy!!!
- Old Coot
 Added: Oct. 13, 2013
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