ALLYNE, EDMUND E. (25 Dec. 1874-18 Aug. 1961) prominent in the foundry industry and in automotive and refrigeration development, was born in Cleveland, the son of Joseph H. and Anna M. (Wightman) Allyne and attended public schools here. After five years with the Ohio National Guard 1893-98, he organized and operated Allyne Bros. foundry 1900-09, selling it in order to form the Aluminum Castings Co. which adopted production methods to make aluminum castings in large quantity, sufficient to supply castings for Liberty airplane engines during WORLD WAR I. The company, with plants in six states, became one of the largest in the country. He and Daniel Ryan also founded the Allyne-Ryan Foundry Co. in 1913 to produce gray iron castings. After resigning as president of Aluminum Castings in 1920, Allyne organized the Allyne-Zerk Co. to market a lubrication system for automobiles he had developed, selling it to the Alemite Co. in 1924. Interested in refrigeration, Allyne developed a refrigerator unit that used kerosene instead of electricity which he patented in 1932, which was manufactured by Midland Steel Products Co. of Cleveland He organized Allyne Laboratories, Inc. in early 1935 with Walter Guzik as his chief engineer and designed a refrigerator cabinet to house the mechanism. Sears, Roebuck and Co. marketed Allyne's household refrigerator under the tradename "Coldspot" to homeowners without electricity.

Allyne married Mildred M. Ford 14 May 1902, and they had three children: sons Rollin Ford and Edmund E. Jr., and daughter Mrs. Vernon Stolte. A resident of UNIVERSITY HTS., he died in Cleveland and was buried at LAKE VIEW CEMETERY.

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