The Dunphy Boat Company of Eau Claire and Oshkosh Wisconsin was in the wood boat building business from 1854 through 1966. This made it on e of the oldest and longest producing boat companies in the United States during it's history.
Fred Pospeschil of Two Rivers, Wisconsin has compiled a tremendous amount of information on a CD-ROM. This CD-ROM contains Dunphy Boat Company articles, catalogs (page by page), flyers, accessory catalogs, brochures, and many other interesting memorabilia items from people all over the United States. The support and reaction on the CD has been terrific.
The CD is being offered for $20 including first class postage. Quantity and dealer discounts are available.
The information on the CD is organized into eleven sections. These sections are Credits, Articles, Catalogs, Speedway Trailers, Pictures of boats, Pictures of boats identified with their owners, Pictures and words associated with boats being refinished, Pictures and words associated with boats being rebuilt, Manuals, Miscellaneous, and Ads. The following paragraphs are adapted from the CD and provide additional details on its objectives and contents. If you have any questions about it please drop me an email or give me a call.
Welcome to my effort to collect and economically distribute/share any and all information which still exists on the Dunphy Boat Corporation, the various boats they built, and boats which still exist.
So that you can better understand this project I'll provide just
a bit of background. I grew up in Janesville Wisconsin and spent most of
my free time boating on the Rock River and sailing on Lake Delevan. After
college, I spent twenty years as an intelligence and data processing officer in
the US Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force I worked fourteen
years as a system analyst, programmer, and project manager for Science
Applications International Corp. During these working years my boating was
limited to radio controlled models. As an intelligence officer I spent a
lot of time working with maps and became interested in making maps with
computers. One thing lead to another and over the years I accumulated an
extensive collection of cartographic data which I distributed more or less as a
hobby business . This data became too large to ship on floppies. As
a result, I set up a system to make my own limited volume CD-ROMs, which I
have been doing for a number of years.
This started my quest to gather whatever was still available.
Simply put, my objective was, and is, to collect anything and everything still
in existence on the Dunphy company and the boats they built. Although I
still prefer to work with printed materials, I decided to initially record the
information on CD-ROMs. I chose the CD-ROM medium as I expect that new
materials will become available incrementally over time and it is reasonably
easy to add material to CD-ROMs which are produced in an one-off process.
This way I can share what I have at the moment and make updates whenever
appropriate. I would also like to build an inventory of existing boats and
sections for refinishing and restoration projects. Having such information
would have been useful when I began refinishing my boat. If I
can find them, I would also like to interview anyone who has first or second
hand knowledge or contact with the company.
In preparing this document I have been in contact with the following:
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Please check over the Credits section to see all of the great people who helped by providing most of the material which makes up this document. Clearly, without this great support you would not be able to view and enjoy most of this material. I was quite amazed at how trusting and generous lovers of wooden boats are. Most of them only met, or know, me over the phone or the internet. Yet they willingly loaned me their valuable materials for scanning into this document. To all of them we owe a big THANK YOU. If you have any Dunphy related materials, or know of any potential sources, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
To the best of my knowledge, except where noted, all of the images in this document are in the public domain. Therefore, you should be able to use copies of the images as you see fit. If you have any information to the contrary please let me know. As with most authors, I would appreciate hearing how you put these materials to use and how I could make it more useful.
As you will notice, I have kept the design of this document as simple as I could. Because the purpose of this document is to present information on Dunphy, and most of the images are quite large relative to the computer display, I avoided using fancy buttons, logos, spinning things, and other stuff you commonly see cluttering up many web pages. I placed all of the navigation tools at the top of the screen so you would not have to scroll down the pages in order to move to a different page.
A high percentage of the pages have navigation selections centered at the top of the page in the form:
Articles Next Previous Print
In most cases all four items will be underlined signifying that they are links to another page. The first page in a series will not have the Previous item highlighted as there is no previous item. Similarly, the last page in the series will not have the Next selection highlighted as it is the last one. This was done at the request of several reviewers who found it was easier to navigate if the selection items did not move from side to side
The 'Print' link on each page will display a much larger version
of the page without any titles, links, or other adornments. This will
allow you to use your browser's print function to print the page at just about
the same size as the original on a 300 DPI printer. To return back to the
basic viewing page, click your browser's 'back' button. Since these pages
are almost a full 8.5 x 11 inches you will have to decrease your normal printer
margins to the minimum the printer will support. Otherwise, you will
probably get multiple pages of output each time you print a page. For
additional information and guidelines for printing these images please see the
comments provided on the Catalogs
Edition 1 - March 1999 : Full or partial catalogs for 1923, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1963 Sailboats, 1964, 1964 X-55, two manuals on the engine used in the X-55s, initial pictures for the Owners, Rebuilding, Refinishing, and Miscellaneous sections.
Edition 2 - November 1999: Added 1954 and 1956 catalogs, 1949 and 1956 accessories catalogs, and numerous additions to the Owners, Restoration, Credits and Miscellaneous sections. Two new sections "Ads" and "Speedway were added. The first contains ads and ad mats for years from 1910 to 1961. The second new section contains Speedway Trailer flyers for 1955 and 1956.
Edition 3 - February 2000: Added catalogs, flyers, accessory catalogs, and price lists for 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960. Also added were thirteen newspaper articles.
Edition 4 - May 2000: The main additions in this edition are mainly materials provided by the Oshkosh Public Library. These include 29 articles, 1936 and 1952 Catalogs , 1956 price list, ad mats for 1941-42, and eighteen ads from various magazines and the cover and cover story from the 1970 Snipe magazine. Also of note are the three pictures which were provided by Mary Oldani, who is the daughter of Cully Foster - the last owner of Dunphy Boats. Other minor additions were added in appropriate places throughout the project. In this edition the Ads section was reorganized to provide better display response times. Previously, there was one main "Ads" page which contained thumbnails for every ad. With the addition of numerous ads, the display time for this page increased greatly. In this edition the ads for a given year are grouped on their own separate page. This has greatly reduced the display time for the main Ads page.