OLE EVINRUDE MAKES WISCONSIN LAKE FUN POSSIBLE
The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the release of "Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-420-3; $12.95) by Bob Jacobson. This book is part of the Badger Biographies series for young readers, a unique collection of stories about real Wisconsinites.
Wisconsin entrepreneur Ole Evinrude will inspire children in the latest addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers, where the story of Ole¿s invention, from drawing board to factory floor, is told in a reader-friendly format that includes historic images, a glossary of terms, and sidebars explaining how an outboard motor works.
Born in 1877, Ole Evinrude immigrated to the United States from Norway when he was just 5 years old, settling with his family on a Wisconsin dairy farm. The Norwegian people have a long history of sailing and boatbuilding, and it was clear from a young age that Ole would follow in the seafaring tradition of his ancestors. When he was just 15, Ole moved to Madison and became an apprentice at a machine shop, where he developed his very first outboard motor.
Building a reliable and affordable motor was not an easy task though - Ole suffered numerous mechanical and financial setbacks along the way. After years of hard work and persistence, the Evinrude motor company was founded and Ole's outboard motors were an instant hit around the world. Ole continued to improve the design of his motor and attracted other entrepreneurs to the area, making Wisconsin the center of the outboard motor industry for decades.
"Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor" is sure to be a hit with young and old alike, from boating enthusiasts and history buffs to those who simply enjoy reading a great book while boating on Wisconsin's beautiful lakes.
Media: For review copies of the book, or author or book photos, please contact Melanie Roth, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, Wis. 53706; (608) 264-6465; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher.