Thanks for giving me the go-ahead on this...I'm glad to hear that
you're excited about this information.
From everything I've learned about stock searching, it seems to me
that the place to turn to is a company called Stock Search
You will see from their homepage that they offer a number of services,
including an online option to search their database of profiles for
companies whose stocks are no longer actively traded.
To get started, click on "Stock Search".
On the resulting page, note that there are several options available,
all of which might be useful to you at some point. But for now, click
This will take you to the search page for their "Database of Companies
No Longer Listed". In the text box, enter: [ Otis Automatic ]. This
will lead you to an entry with the full name of the company:
OTIS AUTOMATIC TRAIN CONTROL, INC. incorporated in 1921.
Click on the name, and you'll get an introductory paragraph to the
company profile. To get the full profile, you will have to purchase
it from Stock Search for $40.00.
As I mentioned earlier, there is not a similar profile for Pacific
Coast Phosphate and Lime Company (enter the words [ Pacific Coast ] in
the search box to see all the companies with similar names).
However, Stock Search Int'l can also research this company for you if
you're interested. Go to this link:
for their "New Research" service. Note that there is a fee of $85 for
them to attempt to reconstruct the history on this company.
Lastly, you can read about their Recovery of Funds services here:
I wish you the best of luck in your searches (and if you should strike
it rich, don't forget your friends at Google Answers -- haha!).
Before rating this answer, let me know if anything here is unclear, or
if you need additional information.
All the best...
search strategy: Used bookmarked sites for stock searching