Credit for the first outboard motor is often given to Ole Evinrude. He came up with the idea while courting his future wife and they could not row to their favorite picnic spot on the river before their ice cream melted. Thus the Evinrude Outboard motor came into existence. The Evinrude name went on to become almost synonymous with outboard motors. By the time Ole Evinrude died in the 1930's his company would own Evinrude, Elto, Lockwood-Ash, Koban and the Outboard Motors Corporation. Shortly after Ole's death OMC would also buy Johnson.