Hannah Kempfer with her Model T Ford

Hannah Kempfer with her Model T Ford

Hannah Kempfer standing by her car, a Model T Ford, ca. 1910s. Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls.

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop, Ranier

George Finstad repaired and maintained boats for fishermen, residents, and vacationers for more than fifty years at his auto-marine shop on the south shore of Rainy Lake. In 2020, it stands as a reminder of the transportation history and tourism economy of Ranier, Minnesota, as they developed during the early twentieth century.

Interior of Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

Interior of Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

The interior of Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop, September 22, 2017. Photograph by Marjorie Savage.

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop sign

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop sign

The sign outside Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop, September 21, 2017. Photograph by Marjorie Savage.

George Finstad in the boat yard at Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

George Finstad in the boat yard at Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

George Finstad in the boat yard at Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop, ca. 1950. Finstad stands next to a single-cylinder engine hoist. "Cradles," visible in the background, were used for winter storage of cabin-cruiser boats. Used with the permission of Koochiching County Historical Society.

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop, ca. 1930s. Used with the permission of Koochiching Historical Society.

George Finstad and the Eva

George Finstad and the Eva

George Finstad (foreground) pulling the Eva (background) out of Rainy Lake, ca. 1930s. Used with the permission of Koochiching Historical Society.

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

George Finstad laying track and building the first carriage for pulling out boats from Rainy Lake at Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop in Ranier, ca. 1920s. Used with the permission of Koochiching Historical Society.

The Virginia

The Virginia

George Finstad and the Virginia, 1928. Original description: “The water was so low this spring we had a hard time getting some of the boats in. This is Major Roberts' cruiser, the Virginia. The steam alligator is pulling one way and the hoist engine is trying to get the cradle from underneath it away. Notice the cable from the hoist engine and George [Finstad] has just been down to the lake to see if everything is ok. He runs this track every time he pulls out boats." Used with the permission of Koochiching Historical Society.

Exterior of Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

Exterior of Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop

Exterior of Finstad’s Auto-Marine Shop in Ranier. Rainy Lake is visible in the background. Photograph by Marjorie Savage, September 21, 2017.

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