| September/October 1977

R. D. 3, Box 176 Elkton, Maryland 21921

The 'Otto Gas Engine Works' is a company that has roots-101 years old. It was started in 1876 by the introduction of the 'Otto' gas engine, the first commercially successful gas engine made in the U.S.A. I hope to write a full history of the company and publish it in the G.E.M. I have the production records of the company and all blueprints and available spare parts. There were about 15,000 engines built and a little over 100 engines left in existence to my knowledge. Engines were built from 1/3 to 300 HP, the largest with a 21' bore and a 3-foot stroke. The exhaust valve was about as big as a Maytag. That's a lot of iron tied up in just one engine!