Post Number: 278
|Posted on Monday, September 03, 2007 - 05:52 pm: ||
Jamie Hurry picked up this Gile at Portland. Haven't checked the previous post on Gile but it seems to be close to the Detroit-Caille-American engines.
|Posted on Friday, September 21, 2007 - 07:52 am: ||
Here is a little on Gile. I think they later got into tractors afterward.
Gile Boat and Engine Company
Gile Boat & Engine Company was a boat building firm incorporated at Ludington, Mason County, on March 8, 1909 with a capital stock of $50,000. Its management consisted of J. S. Stearns, President; William L. Mercereau, Secretary and Treasurer, and W. L. Gile, General Manager. Stearns was also president of Stearns Salt and Lumber Company and the Stearns Hotel Company, and Mercereau was Superintendent of steam ships for the Pere Marquette Rail Road.
Several boat designs were prepared for the company by naval architect Stuart B. Kingsbury, including a special 40-foot shallow draft launch (1911); a trunk cabin crusing launch (no date); a 48 X 10 X 3-foot steel river launch (no date) and a power cruiser (1914.)
Gile Boat & Engine Company advertised in the 1911 Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory as: “Gile Boat & Engine Company/Manufacturers of/High Grade Launches and/Marine and Stationary/Engines/Office and Works at - - - Ludington, Mich.” A similar advertisement appears in the 1913 edition. In 1915 the advertisement mentioned the introduction of another new product: “Gile Boat & Engine Company/Manufacturers of/High Grade Marine and Stationary/Engines and Agricultural Tractors/Heavy Steel Boats/Office and Works at - - -Ludington, Mich.” The company went out of business and changed its name about 1914 or 1915.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1911-1912 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1911.) pp. 1209, 1837, 2167.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1913-1914 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1913.) pp. 942, 1534, 1839.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1915 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1915.) pp. 1042, 1537, 1852.
Michigan State Archives, RG 61-11, Abstracts of Reports of Corporations, Lot 3, Vol. 4 (1903-1909). p. 227.
Michigan State Archives, RG 61-11, Abstracts of Reports of Corporations, Lot 3, Vol. 5 (1910-1914.) p. 236.
Walter Smith Miscellaneous Ship Drawing Collection, Kingsbury, S. B., Naval Architect—Designs. GLMS-74 mf, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.