Gaston: Paul John Kruesi was Edison's right-hand man

John Kruesi
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The Kruesi family has made significant contributions to Chattanooga since Paul John Kruesi moved here in 1902 to organize the American Lava Co. He developed that business into one of the largest corporations in the South and was active in numerous civic enterprises. In 1906 he married Myra Kennedy Smartt, and they had five children.

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