The following data is extracted from Herbert Family Papers.
practically overlooked until 1926 when the Kearfott Engineering Co. began to manufacture deck house windows and casements of all metal construction, chiefly stainless steel and bronze, and of
unique, attractive design, and every new American ship and large private yacht built since the origin of the Kearfott window has been equipped with that product. Its superiority received foreign acknowledgment in a contract awarded to the company to construct the winter garden windows, made of stainless steel, on the promenade deck of the French passenger liner “Normandie”, the largest ship afloat, which was completed in 1935. For many years one division of the company has specialized in piston rings on marine engines of steamships and has furnished patent piston rings to a majority of U. S. ships. Another line of highly specialized activity has been the development of radio direction compasses as an aid to the navigation of vessels and airplanes. In recent years two types of instruments have been perfected and put in successful operation.
Mr. Herbert has written various papers on marine engineering, including ‘Robert Fulton’s Original Drawings,” read before the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer in 1934, and the ‘Application of Small Steam Turbines,” read before the same society in 1915. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American society of Naval Engineers, Montclair Society of Engineers (president, 1935), National Council of American Shipbuilders, national Association of Manufacturers, Chamber of Commerce of the United States, the Sigma Chi fraternity and the Engineers and Railway-Machinery clubs, India House and Cornell Club of New York City. In religion he is a Congregationalist. His recreations are farming, tennis, swimming and horseback riding.
He was married at St. Cloud, Minn., Sept. 16, 1905, to Jane Whittlesey, daughter of William Bell Mitchell, an editor of that city, and they have six children: Emily Whittlesey, wife of William Almon Stopford; Charlotte Weekes, wife of Philip LeMereier duQuesnay; Frederick Davis, Jr., John Mitchell, Sidney Pembroke, and Wilbur Fisk Herbert.
Source: Herbert Family Papers