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Harry L. Johnson
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Birth: May 14, 1884
Effingham
Effingham County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1967
Leiters Ford
Fulton County
Indiana, USA

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Inventor, manufacturer, businessman. Harry L. Johnson, son of Soren and Bessie Johnson, was one of four Johnson brothers (Louis, Harry, Julius and Clarence) who had established an engine company in Terre Haute, Indiana, for manufacturing marine engines and airplanes.

Their factory was demolished by tornados on Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913. Though uninsured, the brothers persevered, and under the name of Johnson Motor Wheel Company, built a light motor to power bicycles, as well as marine engines. Their motorbikes were responsible for several speed records.

The company moved to South Bend, Indiana in 1918, and then relocated to Waukegan, Illinois in 1927.

The company prospered as Johnson Motor Company and became the largest manufacturer of outboard marine engines through 1929, until the stock market crash in October. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1932, and in 1935, the three remaining brothers in the company, Louis, Harry and Clarence, sold major assets to Steve Briggs and Ralph Evenrude. The merger was named Outboard Marine and Manufacturing Corporation and the Johnson brothers retired.

Johnson outboard motors are still found widely on oceans, lakes, rivers and streams today. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Soren Johnson (1844 - 1932)
  Bertha M. Andersen Johnson (1854 - 1940)
 
 Spouse:
  Mildred C Lamson Johnson (1897 - 1988)*
 
 Children:
  Frances Jane Johnson (1927 - 1986)*
 
 Siblings:
  Arthur C. Johnson (1879 - 1913)*
  Louis J. Johnson (1881 - 1963)*
  Harry L. Johnson (1884 - 1967)
  Julius Johnson (1887 - 1974)*
  Lutie Mae Johnson Conover (1891 - 1961)*
  Clarence L. Johnson (1896 - 1976)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: an early mono-wing airplane image appears on marker
 
Burial:
Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery
Leiters Ford
Fulton County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: William Taber
Record added: Nov 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22978007
Harry L. Johnson
Added by: ItsALLrelative
 
 
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HUSBAND OF 5TH COUSIN 1X REMOVED
- ANN ROGENSKI
 Added: May. 17, 2014
Harry was one of 4 brothers who developed the Johnson Motor Company. Johnson outboard motors are still seen widely today.
- William Taber
 Added: Aug. 20, 2011
 
 
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