Francis C. Osborn, Sr.


Francis C. Osborn, Sr.

Francis Conrad Osborn, Sr. (Dec. 10, 1856-1926) was a teacher, businessman and inventor. He held about 50 patents for cash register designs, springless scales, and other devices.

Son of Ozias and Mary C. (Herbener) Osborn, he was born and raised in Bridgeport, New York. He taught in public schools of Fayetteville, New York in 1880-1882 before enrolling at Syracuse University, where he graduated with honors in 1885. After working for several years for Ginn & Co., he settled in Detroit, Michigan in 1889 to work on a design for a cash register. In 1891 he married Laura A. Freele. They had three children.

He founded and ran the Osborn Cash Register Co., Ltd. in 1896, which he sold out to the National Cash Register Co. in 1900. He also organized the Standard Computing ScaleCo., Ltd. in 1889, which produced devices he designed.

ome patents applied for and issued

* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT455111 Cash register and indicator; Patent no.: 455111; Filing date: Dec. 6, 1889; Issue date: Jun. 30, 1891]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT472222 Power transmitter; Patent no.: 472222; Filing date: Nov. 14, 1891; Issue date: Apr. 5, 1892]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT472223 Power transmitter; Patent no.: 472223; Filing date: Nov. 14, 1891; Issue date: Apr. 5, 1892]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT484814 Calculating machine; Patent no.: 484814; Filing date: Jun. 18, 1891; Issue date: Oct. 25, 1892]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT491022 Cash register; Patent no.: 491022; Filing date: Jun. 11, 1891; Issue date: Jan. 31, 1893]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT615409 Cash register; Patent no.: 615409; Filing date: Aug. 13, 1897; Issue date: Dec. 6, 1898]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT645711 Letter-canceling machine; Patent no.: 645711; Filing date: Feb. 5, 1900; Issue date: Mar. 20, 1900]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT650189 Double saw for cutting button blanks; Patent no.: 650189; Filing date: Jun. 29, 1895; Issue date: May 22, 1900]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT698048 Computing scale; Patent no.: 698048; Filing date: Dec. 17, 1900; Issue date: Apr. 22, 1902]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT710003 Platform support for scales; Patent no.: 710003; Filing date: Dec. 17, 1900; Issue date: Sep. 30, 1902]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT710507 Tube-making machine; Patent no.: 710507; Filing date: Mar. 10, 1902; Issue date: Oct. 7, 1902]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT712954 Tube-making machine; Patent no.: 712954; Filing date: May 24, 1902; Issue date: Nov. 4, 1902]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT715850 Cash register ; Patent no.: 715850; Filing date: Jan. 31, 1899; Issue date: Dec. 16, 1902]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT723906 Cash register; Patent no.: 723906; Filing date: May 27, 1899; Issue date: Mar. 31, 1903]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT755335 Air brake (with W.J Vaughn & E.C. van Husan) Patent no.: 755335; Filing date: Apr. 27, 1903; Issue date: Mar. 22, 1904]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT767525 Electric recorder; Patent no.: 767525; Filing date: Aug. 3, 1903; Issue date: Aug. 16, 1904]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT773096 Cash register; Patent no.: 773096; Filing date: Nov. 18, 1898; Issue date: Oct. 25, 1904]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT786377 Cash register; Patent no.: 786377; Filing date: Aug. 24, 1895; Issue date: Apr. 4, 1905]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT790654 Time clock for cash registers; Patent no.: 790654; Filing date: Aug. 20, 1900; Issue date: May 23, 1905]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT793606 Computing scale; Patent no.: 793606; Filing date: Jan. 19, 1905; Issue date: Jun. 27, 1905]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT805878 Crank-shaft; Patent no.: 805878; Filing date: Aug. 25, 1903; Issue date: Nov. 28, 1905]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT806908 Weighing scale; Patent no.: 806908; Filing date: Sep. 29, 1900; Issue date: Dec. 12, 1905]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT817725 Cash register; Patent no.: 817725; Filing date: Nov. 23, 1891; Issue date: Apr. 10, 1906]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT824881 Cash register; Patent no.: 824881; Filing date: Sep. 11, 1899; Issue date: Jul. 3, 1906]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT831626 Check printing cash register; Patent no.: 831626; Filing date: Oct. 22, 1901; Issue date: Sep. 25, 1906]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT832271 Check or ticket printing machine; Patent no.: 832271; Filing date: Nov. 8, 1901; Issue date: Oct. 2, 1906]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT861312 Cash register; Patent no.: 861312; Filing date: Oct. 23, 1901(?); Issue date: Jul. 30, 1907]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT863208 Cut-off mechanism for paper-tube machines; Patent no.: 863208; Filing date: Jul. 31, 1905; Issue date: Aug. 13, 1907]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT864185 Change making, indicating, and registering machine; Patent no.: 864185; Filing date: Dec. 10, 1891; Issue date: Aug. 27, 1907]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT879407 Cheese cutter; Patent no.: 879407; Filing date: Dec. 15, 1904; Issue date: Feb. 18, 1908]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT888646 Automatic weighing scale; Patent no.: 888646; Filing date: Jan. 21, 1907; Issue date: May 26, 1908]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT926072 Cash register; Patent no.: 926072; Filing date: Apr. 26, 1896?; Issue date: Jun. 22, 1909]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT945862 Paper tube machine; Patent no.: 945862; Filing date: Mar. 26, 1904; Issue date: Jan. 11, 1910]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT982853 Cash indicator and register; Patent no.: 982853; Filing date: May 2, 1896; Issue date: Jan. 31, 1911]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT996122 Container body forming machine; Patent no.: 996122; Filing date: Jan. 20, 1908; Issue date: Jun. 27, 1911]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1006399 Severing mechanisms for tube-making machines; Patent no.: 1006399; Filing date: Jun. 28, 1909; Issue date: Oct. 17, 1911]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1006976 Machine for making spirally wound tubes ; Patent no.: 1006976; Filing date: Jun. 28, 1909; Issue date: Oct. 24, 1911]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1018335 Glue-applying machine for use in making spirally-wound tubes; Patent no.: 1018335; Filing date: Dec. 24, 1909; Issue date: Feb. 20, 1912]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1062603 Computing scale; Patent no.: 1062603; Filing date: Jul. 22, 1908; Issue date: May 27, 1913]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1092165 Puzzle; Patent no.: 1092165; Filing date: Jun. 25, 1910; Issue date: Apr. 7, 1914]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1119983 Cash register; Patent no.: 1119983; Filing date: Jan 23, 1895; Issue date: Dec 8, 1914]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1226803 Soap powder dispenser; Patent no.: 1226803; Filing date: Mar. 1, 1912; Issue date: May 3, 1917]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1289885 Scale; Patent no.: 1289885; Filing date: Feb. 17, 1913; Issue date: Dec. 31, 1918]
* [http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1375725 Container spout; Patent no.: 1375725; Filing date: Jun. 17, 1916; Issue date: Apr. 26, 1921]

ources

* [http://home.att.net/~osborne-origins/biograph/bio26.htm#Osborn_Frank_C "Bio. of Frank Conrad Osborn," "The Book of Detroiters", Albert N. Marquis, ed., Chicago, A.N. Marquis & Co., 1908. Vol. V, page 350]
* [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mi/county/tuscola/det/detodo-pad.htm "Bio. of Frank Conrad Osborn," "The Book of Detroiters", Albert N. Marquis, ed., Chicago, A.N. Marquis & Co., 1908. Vol. V, page 350] (alternate source)
*cite book
title=Landmarks of Detroit;
author=Robert Budd Ross, George Byron Catlin, Clarence Monroe Burton
year=1898
publisher=Evening News Association
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