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Walter Kleimenhagen & Harley Davidson

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Walter Kleimenhagen & Harley Davidson

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Surnames: Kleimenhagen
Milwaukee Sentinel Tuesday, January 31, 1967

Kleimenhagen Rites Set for Wednesday

Funeral services for Walter E. Kleimenhagen 80, retired advertising manager of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co., 3700 W. Juneau av., will be held at noon Wednesday at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 2201 N. 35th St.

Mr. Kleimenhagen, 442 N 49th st., died Sunday at Villa Clement Nursing home of heart failure. He had been ill more than a year.

Born in Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells), he was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and after his graduation he homesteaded land in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Mr. Kleimenhagen came to Milwaukee about 1912 in connection with his father’s cattle buying business. The elder Kleimenhagen had been mayor of Kilbourn City.

In 1912, Mr. Kleimenhagen joined Harley-Davidson as its sales manager, handling all sales territory west of the Mississippi river.

Part of his early work involved supplying motorcycles for use in the old silent movies.

Mr. Kleimenhagen retired from the motor company in 1958.

He was one of the original members of the American Motorcycle association, and up to the time of his death, the oldest member of the Milwaukee Advertising Club.

He also was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation and the City club of Milwaukee.

He was married to the former Laura D. Giffert of Reedsburg about 1915. Mrs. Kleimenhagen died Sept. 1, 1965.

Mr. Kleimenhagen is survived by a a son, Russell J. of Elmwoood Park, Ill., and a brother, Karl of La Salle, Ill.

The body will be at the Fass funeral home, 3601 N. Oakland av., Shorewood after 4 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Spring Grove cemetery, Wisconsin Dells.
Another article that mentions Walter Kleimemhagen...
see "Two Firms to Mark Years of Association"
Page 21 of this google book has an article about the retirement of Walter Kleimenhagen and a picture of him.
Another picture of Walter:

Scroll across the little pictures on the top until you get to a photo of a bunch of men is suits all sitting down. Click on that one.
Letter to the Editor of Popular Mechanics written by Walter Kleimenhagen. Starts on page 8 and finishes on page 10.

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