Ralph Van Pelt Kohlhepp received a patent for mechanisms incorporated into a big game reel
on February 7, 1939. The patent included a friction drag mechanism and ball bearings.
Kohlhepp manufactured the large reel and named it after his wife, Leola. Ralph was born in
Piscataway, NJ in 1900 and died in 1993.
The RALPH V.P. KOHLHEPP - LEOLA Reel
The KOHLHEPP 1939 Patent
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