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 Post subject: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: Nov Tue 06, 2012 6:27 pm 
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Does anyone know of a biography on Elmer G. Osterhoudt, the fellow that founded MRL Labs? I could never find out anything about him, except what little he wrote in his books.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: Nov Tue 06, 2012 6:46 pm 
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His son had taken over MRL. I believe they are still in existence. You might try contacting him.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
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Came across my old post by accident. It's been 6 years and I never found anything more about him. E-mailing MRL got nowhere. It's as if his heirs want to keep him under wraps.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Mon 28, 2018 5:59 pm 
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This is quite a coincidence, yesterday I started a web page about Elmer and the MRL catalog.

I know very little about him.
Born Oct 6, 1899
Died June 1, 1987 in a car crash.
Married to Mabel. After Mabel's death he remarried.

Paul Nelson can't be his son or his name would be Paul Osterhoudt. If Paul is indeed his "son" he must be the son of the woman he married after Mabel died.

Writing to Paul will get you nowhere. He did tell me he has a photograph of Elmer and would post it on the MRL website but he never did. If you ask him how he came into possession of MRL he won't write back.

Paul is very adamant about protecting "his" intellectual property. He told me he has had sites taken down when he found MRL material on them, even though he no longer publishes most of Elmer's handbooks.

I need to be very careful when I make the Elmer Osterhoudt site that Paul won't find anything disturbing on it. Actually, I feel it will only be beneficial since the first thing at the top of the page is a link to MRL.


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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Mon 28, 2018 8:22 pm 
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I found out too that Paul Nelson will tell you nothing. Maybe he plans on writing a biography some day. I don't see how information about a person can be intellectual property, unless it's the result of original research. Elmer added some experiences in his life, scattered here and there in his books. I wonder if those stories could be called "intellectual property". I also wonder how much would be considered in the public domain by now. Paul Nelson might be part bluff.
I look forward to someday reading what you've got Skyking.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Wed 30, 2018 6:55 pm 
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It sounds like you have a set of the MRL literature. If that's the case you won't learn much from the web pages I'm making because that's where I'm getting my info. However, I'm also comparing some MRL coils and what-not that I've acquired with the drawings in the catalog and handbooks.

Let's face it, his drawings leave a lot to be desired. Sometimes I don't know what I'm looking at in the drawings.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
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This did not "click" with me immediately as to who MRL is, but then I remembered I have a neat little MRL carborundum detector in the little green box. Some day I guess I will jumper it into one of my crystal receivers with the battery circuit and see what it can actually do. I went to the website but you gotta paypal to get the online catalog.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Thu 31, 2018 1:52 am 
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According to Elmer, you have to put 3 volts in series with a carborundum detector.

I can't believe you have to pay 2 bucks for a catalog in PDF format!
It should be online, right on the website. It would increase his sales ten-fold.

It's only 14 pages and one of the pages is an order form.


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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Thu 31, 2018 3:19 am 
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maybe check out ancestry.com for info about him?


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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Thu 31, 2018 4:21 am 
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Skyking the information you put together will be interesting for people who don't have any MRL literature. maybe someday more information will creep in from someplace. Maybe from some son or grandson of a friend or co-worker of Elmer's. I wonder why his widow didn't write anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Thu 31, 2018 7:16 am 
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mrx wrote:
maybe check out ancestry.com for info about him?


I found out that he was born in Oregon and died in Orange County, CA. His wife was born in MO in 1901 and died 1983 also in Orange County, CA. His parents and grandparents are buried in Oregon, FWIW.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: May Thu 31, 2018 11:48 am 
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Have you tried the American Radio History Website? If not, open some of the vintage magazine pages and do a search on his name or items he was involved in producing. There may be articles on him that will not show up on standard internet search engines.

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
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I thought that I read something more than the website info but can't remember where. I will revisit my data and if I have anything I will post or pm it. I have been interested since I purchased a set of coils in a lot years ago and never knew what they went to finally I saw a listing years later. Once in a while MRL items are listed on line.
FYI, Purchasing the catalogue gets you a credit (or did) towards another purchase.
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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: Jun Fri 01, 2018 4:14 pm 
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Thanks! All this info will be helpful.
This is taking longer than I thought. All I have so far is one page.

Check this out, on page 25 where it says, "KDKA breaks record"
http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Arc ... Dec-30.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
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Same ship? https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/1909.html (Re: KDKA Record)

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
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It must be the same ship! More information. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: Jun Fri 01, 2018 10:46 pm 
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Cool, I never thought to look for the ship.

The link is for the J.A. Moffett Jr. It says it went from Baltimore to Texas. Another site says it was owned by Standard Oil of New Jersey.

The ship Elmer was on is listed here, the J. A. Moffett built in 1915 for Standard Oil of California.

http://www.pier70sf.org/history/shipsBu ... ltAll.html

Here's a picture:
https://www.ebay.ie/itm/SHIP-PHOTO-U-S- ... 2362486655


Now who the heck were J.A. Moffett and J.A. Moffett Jr?
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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
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Man that is confusing. There may be a J.A. Moffett III out there floating around somewhere? Well only Junior popped up in a google search. Getting back to Elmer......

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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
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J. A. Moffett was president of Standard Oil of Indiana.

back to Elmer...

This was MRL in 1952.
1131 Volata Road, Redwood City, CA

In 1952 the driveway was two cement strips leading to the garage door.
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 Post subject: Re: Elmer G. Osterhoudt
PostPosted: Jun Sat 02, 2018 2:22 am 
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He worked out of his house?

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