Help a Researcher: Boat Building in Newport Harbor

Help a Researcher: Boat Building in Newport Harbor

nbhs0511Good Morning – I am a Minnesota girl writing you from Idaho.  Presently, I am finishing up a biography of Minnesota boat builders and best friends, G.V. Johnson and Royal C. Moore.

G.V. Johnson (1845-1928) left his MN boat building in the late 1800s, went to Seattle to continue and ended up in Newport Beach in the 1920s, building boats with his son, Marcus J. Johnson (1872-1950) and grandson, Kenneth M. Johnson (1903 – ?).  I know G.V. was involved with the Snowbirds sailboat and he started his business on a barge and ended up at “20th nr Bay avenue, Newport Beach” according to a 1925 city directory.  I understand Marcus Johnson may have been Newport’s first mayor.  I am particularly interested in finding out if Kenneth Johnson had children and if so, if they might still be living.  He is listed in the 1930 census as a boat builder in Newport Beach, but is a young married and no children are listed.  I have newspaper articles and a few photos of G.V. Johnson which Royal C. Moore’s wife collected in her scrapbook at the turn of the century and beyond.

I am looking for sources of information on any of the Johnson men, their families and especially, their boat building history.

Thank you for your time,
Lori Cherland-McCune
1146 S. 1000 E.
Driggs, ID 83422
208-709-0131
mcbears1954@hotmail.com