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Term: Evinrude, Ole 1877 - 1934

Definition:

inventor, manufacturer, founder of the outboard motor industry, b. Oslo, Norway.

He emigrated at age five with his parents to a farm near Cambridge, Wis., where he attended common schools. After working in Madison, Pittsburgh, and Chicago, he settled in Milwaukee, opened a patternmaking shop and spent 3 years as master patternmaker and consulting engineer with E. P. Allis Co. He designed a gasoline engine and formed a partnership, Clemick and Evinrude, to produce it, but soon dissolved the partnership and organized a company to manufacture engines for horseless carriages. This venture failed. On Nov. 21, 1906, he married Bessie Emily Cary, grandniece of Milwaukee's pioneer settler, George H. Walker (q.v.).

In 1910 he invented the outboard motor, and organized the Evinrude Motor Co. He supervised the manufacturing, and made his own designs and his own machinery, while Mrs. Evinrude managed the business, took charge of sales, and directed the advertising until 1913, when they sold the business. By 1921 Evinrude had perfected outboard motor design and formed the Elto Outboard Motor Co. with himself as president and Mrs. Evinrude as secretary-treasurer. In 1929 the Outboard Motors Corporation was formed through consolidation of this company, the Lockwood Motor Co. of Jackson, Mich., and the original Evinrude Motor Co., with Evinrude as president, a position that he held until his death.

Sources: G. MacQuarrie, Ole Evinrude [Milwaukee, Chicago, 1947]; Encyclopedia of Amer. Biog., n.s., 5 (1936); F. L. Holmes, et al., eds., Wis. (5 vols., Chicago, 1946); Milwaukee Sentinel, May 14, 1933, July 13, 1934; J. G. Gregory, Hist. of Milwaukee (4 vols., Chicago, 1931).

View pictures relating to Ole Evinrude at Wisconsin Historical Images.

View the company's 1929 catalog at Turning Points in Wisconsin History.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

56 records found

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Earles, William Henry 1852 - 1908
Earling, Albert John 1848 - 1925
Early, Michael P. 1918
Earnest, James Harrison 1818 - 1900
Eastern Orthodox in Wisconsin
Eastman, Ben C. 1812 - 1856
Eastman, George Burden 1811 - 1892
Eastman, Seth 1808 - 1875
Eaton, Edward Dwight 1851 - 1942
Eaton, Samuel Witt 1820 - 1905
Edgerton, Benjamin Hyde 1811 - 1886
Edgerton, Elisha W. 1815 - 1904
Edwards, Benjamin Eugene 1845 - 1916
Edwards, Ira 1893 - 1943
Ehle, Ida Pope
Eielsen, Elling 1804 - 1883
Eikenberry, Jill 1947 -
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Ela, Richard Emerson 1812 - 1888
Elconin, Michael H. 1953
Eldred, Anson 1820 - 1895
Eldredge, Charles Augustus 1820 - 1896
Elfers, Earl H. 1913
Ellis, Albert Gallatin 1800 - 1885
Ellis, Michael G. 1941
Ellsworth, Lemuel 1836 - 1898
Ely, Richard Theodore 1854 - 1943
Emery, John Quincy 1843 - 1928
Enderis, Dorothy 1880 - 1952
Engeleiter, Susan Shannon 1952
Engelmann, Peter 1823 - 1874
English immigrants in Wisconsin
Episcopals in Wisconsin
Ernst, August Frederic 1841 - 1924
Erpenbach, Jon B. 1961
Erskine, Manessa Berthier 1819 - 1894
Esch, John Jacob 1861 - 1941
Eschweiler, Alexander Chadbourne 1865 - 1940
Eschweiler, Franz Chadbourne 1863 - 1929
Essie, Patrick 1953
Estabrook, Charles Edward 1847 - 1918
Estabrook, Experience 1813 - 1894
Esterly, George 1809 - 1893
Estonians in Wisconsin
Etherington, George, ca. 1722-1802.
Evangelicals in Wisconsin
Evans, Curtis Alban 1879 - 1947
Evans, Evan Alfred 1876 - 1948
Evans, Joseph Spragg 1875 - 1948
Everest, David Clark 1883 - 1955
Everett, Charles Horatio 1855 - 1947
Everson, Harland E. 1917
Evinrude, Ole 1877 - 1934
Evjue, William T., 1882-1970
Ewing, Mark Clayton 1869 - 1922

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