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Arthur E. Melster: Founder of Melster Candy Company

  • Born in Milwaukee, WI in 1896. Parents: Gustov and Austermar Melster. One brother, Harvey. 
  • Family moved to Cambridge when Arthur was in the 6th grade. Graduated from Cambridge High School in 1915. His class consisted of seven girls and one boy. 
  • Some of his school years accomplishments: baseball, orator, started an orchestra and introduced the first high school prom. 
  • Served in the Army from 1918-1919. 
  • 1919, began working at the Bank of Cambridge. Through his leadership, the Cambridge area Chamber of Commerce was created in 1922 where he served as President of the Chamber for 30 years.
  • 1920, with his brother and mother, founded the Melster Candy Company, which actually began in the kitchen of his parents’ home.
  • On the 100th Anniversary of the Village of Cambridge, Arthur Melster called business leaders together and presented the idea of a “Cambridge Foundation.” The Foundation was established to receive funds for the betterment of Cambridge and the area. To establish the fund, each of the business leaders contributed $100. Art was elected President of the Foundation and held the position for over 30 years.
  • 1949, elected President of the Lake Ripley Country Club. During his tenure, five remodeling and additions completed. Served in the position for 26 years.

Ole Evinrude: Inventor of the Outboard Motor

  • Born in Oslo, Norway April 19, 1877. Died on July 12, 1934
  • Moved to United States in 1882; Settled in Cambridge, WI
  • Age 16, became an apprentice machinist
  • Married Bessie Cary in 1906. One son, Ralph
  • 1909, founded Evinrude Motors in Milwaukee, WI
  • August 22, 1911 U.S. Patent issued to Evinrude Motor Company
  • 1919, designed the twin-cylinder, 3-HP, 48lb aluminum outboard motor

Arthur Davidson: Harley Davidson

  • Born in 1888, youngest of three boys
  • Some time after 1885, moved to Cambridge, WI where he resided for four years
  • Built 1st practical motorcycle in 1903
  • One of the founding members of Harley-Davidson, established in 1903
  • Convinced government officials that motorcycles could replace bicycles. By 1914, the USPS had more than 4800 Harley-Davidson motorcycles deliving mail, one of which was delivered to Peter Olson, a mail carrier who lived in Cambridge, WI
  • Driving force in setting up the nation-wide dealer network for Harley-Davidson
  • He and his wife parished in a car accident in 1950

John Rieff: Inventor and Patent Holder

Matt Kenseth: NASCAR Racer, #17

  • Born March 10, 1972, Cambridge, WI
  • 2000 married Katie Martin
  • Children: Ross and Kaylin
  • Began Stock Car Racing in 1988
  • 1991, youngest driver to win ARTGO racing series. Won Late Model Rockie of the Year at Slinger Speedway
  • Partnered with DEWALT Industrial Tools in the Busch Series
  • 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
  • 2009 wins Daytona 500 and Fontana
  • Matt Kenseth Museum and Fan Club Headquarters located at 700 Kenseth Way, Cambridge WI
 

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