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Timken, Lillian S., Mrs.

American, 1881 - 1959

Guyer, Lillian; Timken, Lillian Guyer Ford


Lillian Guyer was married for the second time in 1918 to William Robert Timken [1866-1949], co-founder with his brother Henry of the Timken Carriage Works (later the Timken Roller Bearing Company of Canton, Ohio). The roller bearings were designed for horse-drawn carriages and buggies, but Timken anticipated their importance to the nascent auto industry and in 1909 organized the Timken-Detroit Axel Company. Mrs. Timken was previously married to Freeman Ford, of Pasedena, with whom she had two sons, Robert Freeman Ford and Todd Ford. The Timkens accumulated a huge art collection, which was divided at Mrs. Timken's death between the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


"W.R. Timken, Made Roller Bearings." The New York Times (13 June 1949): 19 [obituary].
"Two Museums to Get Mrs. Timken's Art." The New York Times (27 October 1959): 39.
"Wealthy Widow Found Dead Here." The New York Times (25 October 1959): 70 [obituary].

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