HISTORY OF OUR 'ELLIS'


| May/June 1972



'Ellis' 2 Cycle Engine

'Ellis' 2 cycle engine. Courtesy of W. A. (Bill) Clegg, Jr., 523 S. Roberts St., Lima, Ohio 45804.

W. A. (Bill) Clegg

Jr., 523 S. Roberts St., Lima, Ohio 45804.

After Anna Mae printed our inquiry on our 6 HP Ellis Engine in Jan-Feb. 72 G.E.M., we thought that some of your readers might like to know what information we received--thanks to the G. E. M.

First off--our Ellis was built by the Ellis Engine Company of Detroit, Michigan around 1900 to 1908 (according to reader information). The Ellis Engine Company was last listed in the Detroit Telephone Directory in the year 1916. This above information was sent us by a reader in Illinois.

Now another G. E. M. reader in Missouri sent us the following information from an old Gas Power Magazine, 1912 issue.

The 6 UP Ellis runs for 34c a day. By means of a patented throttle runs as 4 HP for 23c a day or as 2 HP for 12c a day. This Ellis engine was guaranteed for a period of Ten years against defects of material or workmanship from date of purchase. Also Ellis Engines were offered on a 30 day free trial and all engines were guaranteed when operated in accordance with instructions, to deliver an excess of actual brake horsepower over their catalog rating.

And the Ellis Engine Company guaranteed that all monies deposited with them for purchase of an engine was held as the property of the purchased for the period of thirty days after the arrival of the engine at destination and within these thirty days if the engine for any reason proved other than represented, they agreed to refund without question all monies paid them immediately on return of the complete outfit to the railroad station at Detroit.