Stover Engine Works

Stover Engine Works was a manufacturer of stationary gasoline engines based in Freeport, Illinois. The company was started by D.C. Stover in 1898.

Stover Engine Works
IndustryEngine Manufacturing
Founded1898; 124 years ago (1898) in Freeport, U.S.
FounderD.C. Stover
Headquarters
Freeport, U.S.
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ProductsGasoline Engines
OwnerHon D.C. Stover

HistoryEdit

 
July 1914 Stover Engine Works advertisement for oil engines.

The Stover Engine Works began to create prototype gasoline engines in 1895.[1] The company was formed in 1898.[2] They finalized one of their basic engines in 1904. That version of their engine was in use until the 1920s.[1][3]

In 1906 the business required a larger building. They built a 3-story building with 21,600. D.C. Stover also worked employed his nephews, Jacob Stover and Frederick Dawson.[4]

The company made engines that could operate on Kerosine. Many were used for pumping or generating power.[5][6] By 1907 the company was making engines that were as small as 2 horsepower and as high as 50 horsepower in 1907.

The company built a variety of engines including marine motors, and also started the Stover Motor Car Company. He also operated the Stover Motor Car Company for the manufacture of automobiles and marine motors. The engines were known for their simplicity.[7]

By 1914 the company added a 60-horsepower model. The majority of their engines were primarily 1 cylinder, but the 40, 50 and 60 horsepower models were 2 cylinders. One of the best features for consumers was the ability of the engine to work with the less expensive crude oil.[8]

The Stover company and it's various company names, made more than 277,000 engines of various sizes and uses.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "History of the Stover Engine Works". Gas Engine Magazine. Ogden Publications, Inc. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2021-12-24.
  2. ^ "To Extend Field of Stover Engine". Freeport-Journal Standard. 15 March 1907. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  3. ^ The Railway Age Volume 44 (Volume XLIV No. 8 ed.). Chicago Illinois: The Wilson Company. 1907. p. 272. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Will Manufacture Marine Engines". Freeport-Journal Standard. 9 July 1906. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  5. ^ Images of America. Charleston South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. 2009. p. 88. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  6. ^ Gas Power. St. Joseph Michigan: Gas Power Publishing Company. July 1914. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  7. ^ Goldie, George S. (10 June 1907). Motorboat (Volume 4, No. 11 ed.). New York: The Motorboat. p. 42. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Findlater Hardware Company One of Angelo's Foremost Mercantile Establishments". San Angelo Evening Standard. 23 August 1914. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Keeping Track of Stover Engine Shipping Records". Gas Engine Magazine. Ogden Publications, Inc. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 25 December 2021.