- Andre Millard
Kruesi, John (15 May 1843–22 February 1899), master machinist and assistant to Thomas A. Edison, master machinist and assistant to Thomas A. Edison, was born Johann Heinrich Krusi in Heiden, Switzerland. Little is known of his parents, who died when he was still an infant. He was placed in an orphanage. He began an apprenticeship as a locksmith in St. Gall, and when he completed it he moved to Zurich and worked as a journeyman machinist. There he met August Weber and formed a friendship that would influence his career. The two young men traveled to Paris to view the exhibits of the great international exposition in 1867 and then on to Holland and Belgium to gain some practical experience. After three years they moved to London, where they took in the latest developments in machine tools and power transmission....