E.E. Denniston Manufacturing Co. 1880s-1920s - Buffalo, New York

    An old Buffalo coachbuilder who later operated in a variety of fields including custom bodies as well as truck and bus bodies.  Built a number of production bodies for early Marmon cars.

Henry Sutehall, Jr. a trimmer who worked at E.E. Denniston's, perished when the RMS Titanic went down in 1911.

Henry's trade was that of a "trimmer", installing and repairing upholstery in carriages and early automobiles. It was at his workplace, E. E. Denniston's in Buffalo, that he met a young man named Howard Irwin, who rapidly became his best friend. Henry, called Harry by his friends and family, and Howard together embarked their world tour and traveled throughout the United States during 1910. When they were fortunate, they found work at their trade as trimmers. Other times, they worked at any job they could find, even picking peaches in California.


DENNISTON (US) 1911-1912

E.E. Denniston Company, Buffalo, New York,

A closed delivery van was the only model by this manu­facturer. Rated at 1500 pounds capacity, it used a 15 hp, 2-cylinder engine with forward control. Power was trans­mitted through a 3-speed transmission and shaft drive. It had pneumatic tires and wheelbase of 98 inches and was priced at $2,000. GMN


It was announced yesterday in Brooklyn that the Brooklyn, Bath and West End Railroad had been bought, and President D. F. Lewis of the Brooklyn City Railroad Company was authority for the statement that the purchaser was E. E. Denniston, in behalf of the Long Island Traction Company,
which thereby secures an outlet to Coney Island.

The Long Island Traction Company is the new name of the Atlantic Avenue Railroad Company, recently bought from "Deacon" William Richardson by a syndicate. The Brooklyn, Bath and West End Railroad is a steam road which uses jointly with the Culver Road the new union station at Fifth Avenue and Thirty-ninth  Street. It is said that the motive power will be changed from steam to electricity.



For more information please read:

A Few Leading Carriage Centers - The Hub, October 1897

Biographies of Prominent Carriage Draftsmen - Carriage Monthly, April 1904

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists ISBN 8096897403

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Beverly Rae Kimes, Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

G.N. Georgano & G. Marshall Naul - The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles

Albert Mroz - Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles


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