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Northside Friend?

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Post Fri May 11, 2007 10:39 am

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Location: Wisconsin, USA
What was the name of the "northside friend" and what did he have that was so important to our heroes in their earliest efforts?
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Post Sat May 12, 2007 12:06 am

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Location: Los Angeles, CA
His name was Henry Melk. He had all the machinery needed to build the first engines in his garage. Which, by the way, is still there.

Post Sat May 12, 2007 7:08 am

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Location: madison wisconsin usa
evinrude?

or is the story about the first carburetor a myth?

john

Post Sat May 12, 2007 8:59 am
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Just a guess but I go with Evinrude also. Pa

Post Sat May 12, 2007 10:03 am

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Location: Wisconsin, USA
Chris takes the prize (Twisted JD Connecting Rod on Fancy Base) for the correct answer.

The "Northside Friend" was indeed Henry Melk. He had machine tools (a lathe) long before the boys did. Melk's grandson claims he still has that lathe, but it seems to be newer than 1901 vintage.

Melk lived a couple blocks away from Bill Harley's parents home on Burleigh Ave. It's true that Melk's house is still there, although the neighborhood has changed considerably since 1901. The Harley home today is an empty parking lot next to a seedy liquor store.

Evinrude was a good guess and he did have input, but he was never referred to as the "Northside Friend."

This is kinda fun.....
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Post Sat May 12, 2007 2:03 pm
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Learn something new everyday. :) Pa


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