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1861--Alvah L. Powell--1924
Inventor
The Powell Lever Motor

Born
April 10
1861--Alvah L. Powell--1924
Inventor
The Powell Lever Motor
Passed
October 7



Alvah L. Powell
Inventor
The Powell Lever Motor

# YEAR POSITION EMPLOYER CITY STATE AGE DATE SOURCE VIEW
1 1861 Born Mr & Mrs. Powell ?? LA 0 April 10 DC-OH Click
- 1882 Married Ada B. Graves Lake View AR 20 Jan 21 Shelby Co Click
- 1900 President Merchants Paper Box & Printing Memphis TN ?? ?? MCD Click
- 1900 6th Child-Helen Born At Home Leath Street Memphis TN 39 May 27 Shelby Co Click
- 1900 Leaved Household Incompatible Memphis TN ?? June Shelby Co Click
- 1901 Insurance Agent Equitable Life Assurance Soc. Memphis TN ?? ?? MCD Click
- 1903 Ada Files For Divorce Shelby County. Court Memphis TN 42 Aug 31 Shelby Co Click
- 1903 Alvah Waives Return & Answer Shelby County Coutt Memphis TN 42 Sept 7 Shelby Co Click
- 1903 Divorce Granted-Uncontested Shelby County Court Memphis TN 42 Sept 26 Shelby Co Click
- 1905 Married Bertha May Flowers Gibson Co. TN 43 Jan 11 Gibson Co Click
- 1910 Salesman Jewelry Company St Louis MO ?? ?? USC-1910 Click
- 1916 Incorporates The A. L. Powell Power Co, Inc. Miles City MT 55 May 12 MSS Click
- 1919 Moves To Washington 512 12th Street NW-Rent Washington DC ?? ?? WCD Click
- 1919 Files Patent # 1,508,614 Engine Washington DC 58 Dec 10 USPO Click
- 1919 Files Patent #  1,516,457 2 Cycle Engine Washington DC 58 Dec 10 USPO Click
- 1920 Files Patent # 1,677,407 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 59 Dec 8 USPO Click
- 1920 Files Patent # 1,384,344 Transmission For Engine Washington DC 59 Dec 8 USPO Click
- 1920 Files Patent # Re. 16,343 Transmission For Engine Washington DC 59 Dec 8 USPO Click
- 1920 Files Patent # 1,545,924 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 59 Dec 16 USPO Click
- 1920 Files Patent # 1,489,004 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 59 Dec 24 USPO Click
- 1920 Files Patent # 1,454,075 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 59 Dec 24 USPO Click
- 1921 Files Patent # 1,590,204 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 59 Feb 2 USPO Click
- 1921 Files Patent # 1,560,492 Internal Combustion Engine Washinton DC 59 Feb 2 USPO Click
- 1921 Files Patent # 1,496,489 Mechanical Ignighter Washington DC 59 Feb 2 USPO Click
- 1921 Files Patent # 1,486,299 Carburetor Washington DC 59 Feb 2 USPO Click
- 1921 Files Copyright-Powell Power Film Engine Test Number 1 (2 Reels) Washington DC 60 April 28 LOC Click
- 1921 Files Patent # 1,496,490 Transmission For Engines Washington DC 60 May 3 USPO Click
- 1921 Files Copyright-Powell  Power Film Engine Test Number 2 (1 Reel) Washington DC 60 May 21 LOC Click
- 1921 Files Patent # 1,604,603 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 60 Aug 18 USPO Click
- 1921 Low Speed Test-Powell Leverage 6 Cylinder Standard Engine Washington DC 60 Aug 23 PLC Click
- 1921 High Speed Test-Powell Leverage 6 Cylinder Standard Engine Washington DC 60 Sept 6 PLC Click
- 1921 Files Patent # 1,567,172 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 60 Sept 12 USPO Click
- 1922 Wife Passes-Age 43 Columbia Hospital For Women Washington DC 60 March 9 Wash Post Click
- 1922 Wifes Funeral ?? ?? ?? 60 March ? ?? Click
- 1922 Wife Interred China Grove Church Cemetery Rutherford TN 60 March ? Wash Post Click
- 1922 Publishes-Powell Leverage Cycle Memorial Edition-2000 Copies Washington DC 61 Aug 24 LOC Click
- 1922 Submits Book For Copyright Library Of Congress Washington DC 61 Aug 29 LOC Click
- 1923 Moves In With Son-Health?? 1493 Larchmont Ave Lakewood OH 62 July 23 DC-OH Click
- 1923 Office-A. L. Powell Power Co. 1815 Cleveland Discount Bldg Cleveland OH 62 ?? City Dir Click
- 1923 Evans Powell-Private Secretary-Son A. L. Powell Power Company Cleveland OH 62 ?? City Dir Click
- 1923 Files Patent # 1,622,842 Planetary Gear Movement Washington DC 62 Nov 9 USPO Click
- 1924 Files Patent # 1,663,261 Internal Combustion Engine Washington DC 62 March 19 USPO Click
- 1924 Final-Unofficial Test 38 HP @ 570 RPM Cleveland OH 63 April 15 BG Click
- 1924 Motor Crated & Shipped To Purdue For Final-Official Tests W. Lafayette IN 63 April 16 BG Click
- 1924 Motor At Purdue Slated For Tests W. Lafayette IN 63 April-May BG Click
- 1924 Passes-8:25 pm Lakewood Hospital Lakewood OH 63 Oct 7 DC-OH Click
- 1924 Funeral-2:00 pm C. L. Kaufman Funeral Home Lakewood OH 63 Oct 10 Obit-CPD Click
- 1924 Interred-Sec1, Lot 500, Grave 4 Lakewood Park Cemetery Rocky River OH 63 Oct 10 LPC Click
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US Patent Office
Patent Files
1919--Powell Lever Motor Patents--1928
and
"Other Inventions"

US Patent Office
Patent Files






# APP # FILED DESCRIPTION CITY PATENTED PAT # TEXT ILL VIEW
1 343,953 Dec 10, 1919 2 Cycle Engine Miles City, MT Sept 16, 1924 1, 508,614 2 1 Click
2 343,954 Dec 10, 1919 2 Cycle Engine Roundup, MY Nov 18, 1924 1,516,457 3 1 Click
N343,958Dec 10, 1919Mechanical MovementMiles City, MTMarch 29, 19271,622,84121Click
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N429,165Dec 8, 1920Internal Combustion EngineMiles City, MTOct 31, 19221,433,64921Click
3 429,167 Dec 8, 1920 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT July 17, 1928 1,677,407 2 1 Click
4 429,168 Dec 8, 1920 Transmission For Engine Miles City, MT May 4, 1926 Re. 16,343 5 11 Click
N429,169Dec 8, 1920Transmission For EngineMiles City, MTNov 17, 19251,562,05033Click
N429,170Dec 8, 1920????????????Click
N429,172Dec 8, 1920Transmission For EngineMiles City, MTJuly 12, 19211,384,33824Click
N429,173Dec 8, 1920Transmission For EngineMiles City, MTJuly 12, 19211,384,33912Click
N429,174Dec 8, 1920????????????Click
N429,175Dec 8, 1920????????????Click
N429,176Dec 8, 1920Transmission For EngineMiles City, MTJuly 12, 19211,384,34211Click
5 429,178 Dec 8, 1920 Transmission For Engine Miles City, MT July 12, 1921 1,384,344 2 2 Click
N429,179Dec 8, 1920Transmission  For EngineMiles City, MTJuly 12, 19211,384,34511Click
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6 431-305 Dec 16, 1920 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT July 14, 1925 1,545,924 2 1 Click
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7 433,032 Dec 24, 1920 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT April 1, 1924 1,489,004 2 1 Click
N433,033Dec 24, 1920Internal  Combustion EngineMiles City, MTJan 3, 19281,654,70123Click
8 433,035 Dec 24, 1920 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT May 8, 1923 1,454,075 2 1 Click
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N441,971Feb 2, 1921Internal Combustion EngineMiles City, MTOct 31, 19221,433,65032Click
9 441,972 Feb 2, 1921 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT June 29, 1926 1,590,204 1 1 Click
N441,975Feb 2, 1921Internal Combustion EngineMiles City, MTMarch 11, 19261,486,29821Click
10 441,976 Feb 2, 1921 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT Nov 3, 1925 1,560,492 2 1 Click
11 441,978 Feb 2, 1921 Mechanical Igniter Miles City, MT June 3, 1924 1,496,489 2 1 Click
N441,979Feb 2, 1921Mechanical IgniterMiles City, MTJuly 31, 19231,463,75111Click
12 441,982 Feb 2, 1921 Carburetor Miles City, MT March 11, 1924 1,486,299 1 1 Click
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N461,934April 16, 1921Transmission For EnginesMiles City, MTOct 26, 19261,60460233Click
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13 466,591 May 3, 1921 Transmission For Engines Miles City, MT June 3, 1924 1,496,490 1 1 Click
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14 493,314 Aug 18, 1921 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT Oct 26, 1926 1,604,603 4 6 Click
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15 500,170 Sept 12, 1921 Internal Combustion Engine Miles City, MT Dec 29, 1925 1,567,172 2 2 Click
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16 673,854 Nov 9, 1923 Planetary Gear Type Miles City, MT March 29, 1927 1,622,842 4 8 Click
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17 700,308 March 19, 1924 Lever Engine Miles City, MT March 20, 1928 1,663,261 2 2 Click
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Press Coverage 1861--The Early Years--1914
Press Coverage
# DATE NEWSPAPER HEADLINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
1 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Click
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Press Coverage 1915--The Powell Lever Motor--1924
Press Coverage
# DATE NEWSPAPER HEADLINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
-June 28, 1923Muskogee TimesGreater Power To Auto Engine21-325"1Click
-July 1, 1923LaCross TribuneLess Fuel, More Power-Former Fewelry Salesman..33-525"1Click
-July 1, 1923Ogden StandardLess Fuel, More Power-Claims More Efficient Engine52-325"1Click
-July 1, 1923Colo Springs GazNew Motor Increases Power & Cuts Down Cost ..162-425"1Click
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- May 11, 1924 Eau Clire Leader Inventor of Plan To Double Power Of Engines Here 4 2 12" No Click
-May 11, 1924Billings GazettePowell Motor Taken To Purdue For Final Trial86-76"NoClick
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Magazine Articles 1915--The Powell Lever Motor--1924
Magazine Articles
# DATE MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITER PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
1 July 1966 Antique Automobile The Elcar and The Lever
E.E. Husting 19-26 1-3 ?? 14 Click
2 March 1975 Car & Parts Free Wheeling-Powell Lever Motor Menno Duerksen 102-06 1-2 ?? 5 Click
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Press Coverage 1922--The Later Years--1924 Press Coverage
# DATE NEWSPAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
1 March 11, 1922 Washington Post Deaths Reported-Bertha M Powell-43 Years 12 4 1" No Click
2 March 12, 1922 Washington Post Died-Bertha M. Powell 3 1 1" No Click
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3 Oct 8, 1924 Cleveland Press Death & Funeral Notices-Alvah A. Powell 19 2 1" No Click
4 Oct 9, 1924 Cleveland Press Death & Funeral Notices-Alvah A. Powell 25 2 1" No Click
5 Oct 9, 1924 Cleveland Plain Dealer Died-Alvah L. Powell 21 8 1" No Click
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6Nov 12, 1924Helena IndependantPatents-A. L.  Powell-Mechanical  Movement1122"NoClick
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Sudwarth Publishing
Washington, DC
1922--The Powell Leverage Cycle--1922
Memorial Edition
by
Alvah L. Powell
Sudwarth Publishing
Washington, DC


Alvah L. Powell
1861-1924





Bertha May Powell
1879-1922
# TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER CITY DATE PAGES VIEW
1 Powell Leverage Cycle, In Four Parts.. Alvah  L. Powell Sudwarth Co. Washington, DC 1922 152 Click
9 Known Copies
of
2000 Limited Edition
1922--Powell Leverage Cycle--1922
Population Report
9 Known Copies
of
2000 Limited Edition




# COPY # TO WHOM SIGN LOCATION LOCATION BINDING CONDITON CIRC CALL
1 60 Library of Congress Yes Library of Congress Washington, DC Re-Bound Like New Yes TJ250 .P6
2 74 Blank No Iowa State University Ames, IA Re-Bound Like New Yes TJ250 .P87
3 85 Blank No Lincoln Highway Museum Washington, DC Original Used-Loose No N/A
4 350 US Patent Office Library Yes Smithsonian Library Washington, DC Re-Bound Like New No TJ250 .P6
5 482 New York Library Yes NY Public Library New York, NY Re-Bound Very Good No VFM
6 503 Detroit Public Library Yes Detroit Public Library Detroit, ME Original Used-Loose No 621 P86
7 588 The John Crerar Library No University of Chicago Chicago, IL Original Like New Yes 621.427 S200
8 638 Cleveland Public Library Yes Cleveland Public Library Cleveland, OH Re-Bound Like New No 621.018 749 
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9 ?? ?? ?? British Library London, UK ?? ?? ?? ??
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