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Barger Boat Company

Harrisburg, Illinois

Hilman and Merle Barger, originally from near Harrisburg, Illinois, built boats in Harrisburg circa 1959. In 1959, they shipped boats to Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana. 12, 14, and 16' models were made (March 24, 1959 Daily Register (Harrisburg)). The article reports they had worked in boat-building in Michigan, presumably with the Parsons Corporation. Merle was sales manager and traveled to drum up sales and sign new dealers.

Also in 1959, Howard Bow, outdoor editor for the Evansville Courier, tested a Barger model and reported on it in his column.

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