By the Way

| November/December 1972

We thank Mr. and Mrs. E. Thos. Hastings of The Journal newspaper, Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846 for permission to use the picture and article from their November 26, 1970 paper.

We also thank Bob Cotner, Assistant Professor in Department of English at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland 20850, for his permission to use this writing on the Corliss. We feel sure our readers will be interested as it is good history and all steam.

Mr. William T. Richards, R. D. 2, Granville, Ohio 43023 did all the corresponding and sent us the article to him we are also appreciative.

PROVIDENCE, R. I. Few people today have heard of the name George Henry Corliss. But a hundred years ago the name Corliss was as familiar to Americans as the name Westinghouse is to them today.

In 1870 George H. Corliss owned and operated the largest industrial plant on the East coast, located here in Providence, R. I. The Corliss Steam Engine Co. itself consisted of nine buildings that stretched along the Moshassuck River and was served by both railroad and river traffic. Corliss had become involved in steam engine building in 1847, when the company capital was valued at $36,767.26. He built the company on the strength of his personal integrity and the success of his improvements to the common industrial steam engine, to be worth $295,323.07 by the 1860's.

It was during the 1860's that Corliss was called upon by the War Department of Washington to cast the turret for the iron-clad warship, 'The Monitor'. But it was for his improvement to the steam engine, the major source of all motive power in the 19th and early 20th centuries, that Corliss achieved his reputation and fortune. He received more than 70 patents for improvements to the stationary steam engine, and, when his patents became public property in 1870, manufacturers around the world began producing 'Corliss' steam engines. Volume 21 (1768) of Engineering (London) alone carried articles on four different Corliss engines, each built in different countries and only one built by Corliss himself.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265