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Evinrude 1908-1934 – The Ole and Bess Years

June 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection.

Bess’ first ad. It was a big hit. She marketed in all the right magazines to reach a large, nationwide audience

Ole Evinrude was born in Norway in 1877 and immigrated to America in 1882.  One hot day in the early 1900s he was picnicking on an island with his girlfriend Bess, who expressed a desire for ice cream.  Ole rowed back to shore for it, but the ice cream was melted by the time he returned.  Determined never to let this happen again, Ole designed an engine to replace the oar as a means of boat propulsion.

He married Bess, and invented his first outboard in 1907.  In 1909 he founded the Evinrude Outboard Motors which he ran with Bess.

After the talk Larry Stevenson will conduct a tour of the newly opened Stevenson Outboard Collection, focusing on the outboard motors discussed in the presentation.

Admission is free, a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

This talk is presented by outboard motor collector and historian Larry Stevenson.  Larry is a Navy and Coast Guard Auxiliary veteran and a retired UPS International Industrial Engineering Manager in the international operation with a passion for industrial design, art, history, and sailing.


June 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm