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Elmer G. Kesling
Birth: Nov. 17, 1881
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1961
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

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: 
  Granville Kesling (1857 - 1952)
  Mary Jane Loser Kesling (1861 - 1923)
  Ruth Justice Kesling (1890 - 1917)*
  Helen May Kesling (1913 - 1938)*
  Elmer G. Kesling (1881 - 1961)
  Otto Leroy Kesling (1883 - 1892)*
  Elsie Kesling (1885 - 1978)*
  Infant Son Kesling (1891 - 1891)*
  Effie Bell Kesling Laymon (1892 - 1976)*
  Fred Cecil Kesling (1895 - 1959)*
  Floyd Jennings Kesling (1898 - 1959)*
  Edgar William Kesling (1904 - 1906)*
*Calculated relationship
Bloomfield Cemetery
Stoddard County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Apr 15, 2001
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- HeavenlyPeace
 Added: Nov. 17, 2016

- David Wend
 Added: Nov. 17, 2016
Happy Birthday. Thank you for the classy invention....................
- a sincere fan
 Added: Nov. 17, 2015
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