Webb C. Ball
Webb C. Ball was born in Fredericktown (Ohio), the October 6th 1847 and became clock and watch maker/jeweller. When the Standard of time was adopted in 1883, it was the first to use the time signals, thus introducing an exact measurement of time to Cleveland (Ohio).
After a serious head-on collision of two trains with Kipton (Ohio) pertaining to two railroad companies different - caused by 5 minutes a suspension of the watch of a person in charge of the schedule of the trains - the official ones from the various companies decided to create a post of general inspector of time times, “General Time Inspector”, in order to establish standard of precision and reliability of the watches used, like their regular inspection.
It lays down strict rules for the manufacture of precise and reliable chronometer, which is always at the base of current criteria of the officially certified Chronomètre S: strength to magnetism, precision in 5 positions, isochronism, reserve of walk.
In more it establishes a control system strict and regular of the precision in the measurement of the time of each Chronomètre of way-of-iron, with recording of the results to each inspection. Waltham Watch Company was immediately capable to answer these new requirements so necessary for the safety, followed by Elgin Watch Company & the majority of other American clock making manufactures.
At the end of his career, Webb C. Ball controlled a system of more than 125 000 miles of rails in the United States, Mexico City & Canada, having contributed in a way essential with safety of the whole of the transport systems by way-of-iron to the world.
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