William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop

231-245 S. Front St., Memphis, Tennessee


National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1983
Reference number
NR name
Ellis, William C., and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop
Areas of significance
Industry; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Current function
Manufacturing facility
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1879
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing structures: 1



William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop
Posted June 13, 2011, by William Novarese (Billnov [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

My Grandfather worked there from 1911 until 1973, 62 years. He was 90 years when he retired. I have photos of him there in the early 20's or possibly earlier. He got up at 5 am made his breakfast walked to the bus stop rode the bus to downtown Memphis. Walked to work and did the same in the afternoon rain or shine, sleet or snow. He was as slim at 90 as he was at 28 when he started there. They were good enough to let him work through the depression. He had 7 children. With only a 2nd grade education he was able to provide for his family and survive. He talked about seeing horse drawn fire trucks coming down Front st, and see in Mr Crump walking around the city campaigning for mayor. Sadly we didn't record enough of what he remembered.