Earl W. Brinkman ("Mr. Davenport")
Earl W. Brinkman was no stranger to innovation and hard work. His
many patents speak to that fact. As early as age seventeen, Earl
distinguished himself in the machine tool industry to the degree
that William Simeon Davenport, owner of Davenport Machine Company of
Rochester, New York, noticed him when Mr. Davenport visited the
machine dealer where Earl was working in the early 1920's. Mr.
Davenport hired Earl to work when he moved to Rochester one year
later. Earl immediately began operating Davenport screw machines,
Brown and Sharpe and Acme automatics at Davenport Machine
Mr. Brinkman worked hard and moved up the ranks quickly at
Davenport Machine. In 1932 he became Chief Engineer. Following the
death of W.S. Davenport in 1937, Earl Brinkman became an officer of
the company and assumed the presidency in 1966.
The scope of his involvement with an idea sometimes included
selling the idea on the road, returning to the plant to build the
hardware, setting up for production, then training the customer in
the operation of the product.
Earl W. Brinkman was granted his first patent at age 21 for
adjustable aligning nuts for Davenport feed tubes. Some of his other
patents include those for the pinch-type thread rolling head, the
Revinloc milling attachment, a fly cutter, a bent shank tapping
arrangement, and a method for producing socket head set screws.
In the eulogy of his father, son Robert Brinkman remembered his
father as a man who "was always looking for a better way, a faster
way, a way never tried before". It is, therefore, no surprise that
Mr. Brinkman's 54 years of hard work and innovative ideas at
Davenport Machine earned him the moniker "Mr.