1928/29, LOC, public domain

Caption:  Image from the Library of Congress, in the public domain.  Is it still riding side-saddle if you’re on a mechanical horse?

A Riding Minister.  Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 12.  The Rev. Ray McKaig, of the Epworth Methodist Church, is the only minister in Milwaukee, and possibly the only one in the entire country, who makes his pastoral calls on a motorcycle.  Mr. McKaig says that a motorcycle is invaluable for a preacher in city or town as it saves time and money.  He has had his machine several years and estimates that he has traveled more than 5,000 miles.  Before coming to Milwaukee he says he used a motorcycle with splendid results in a Minnesota town.  He could make his circuit of preaching places with such speed that the benediction was hardly pronounced in one place before the pastor was five miles away announcing a hymn in another church.  He rigged up a tandem attachment for his wife and allowed his boy to ride in front.  The pastor believes that nothing can equal the enjoyment and exhilaration of the motorcycle.  He says:  “The preacher who vitalizes an audience must devitalize himself.  On Monday a listless indifference settles on him.  To read is only to star gaze.  To visit is only a bore.  To study is only to stagnate.  Own a motorcycle.  How one’s nerves tingle on a hot day, fanned by a stiff breeze!”

Light Ladies’ Motorcycles.  We very often have inquiries for ladies’ machines, one man recently writing to inquire if he could not purchase a motorcycle weighing less than 100 pounds, for lady’s use.  In reply to this inquiry we stated that we knew of no motorcycle weighing less than 160 pounds suitable for women.  The N. S. U. Company, New York City, advise us that their 1910 2 h. single and 3 h. twin roadsters are particularly adapted for ladies’ use, although they are not of the drop frame type.  The 2 h. machine weighs 108 pounds and the 3 h. twin 125 pounds.  The N. S. U. Company state that a number of ladies are already riding these machines with entire satisfaction.  While the absence of the drop frame is somewhat of a drawback the light weight more than compensates.

Duck-Hunting On A Motorcycle.  We enjoy a rather novel kind of duck hunting down here in Texas.  We strap our guns to our shoulders, fill our hunting coats with shells, mount our motorcycles, and in half an hour are blazing merrily away.  We invariably obtain a nice bunch of game before we even have a chance to get uncomfortably cold.  The roads in this part of the State are excellent, and as we are soon to have more of them, we anticipate a growth of interest in motorcycling in this section of the country. (Beaumont, TX)

More Excelsiors for Chicago Police.  A contract for twelve additional machines for the Chicago Police Department has just been awarded to the Excelsior Supply Company.  The important points in the specifications of the machines required were free engine, drop forged frame fittings throughout, copper or brass tanks, and a rate of speed variable from four to fifty miles an hour.  Estimates were received from five of the leading manufacturers, and the Excelsior folks were the successful bidders. – March 1910

Indians Buy Motorcycles.  Sisseton Indian Agency, S. D.  The Sioux Indians belonging at this agency—or at least some of them—are becoming quite aristocratic, and no longer are satisfied to make their journeys in buggies or on horseback, doubtless regarding this method out of fashion.  Within a few days nine of them have placed orders with a single Webster concern for motorcycles, and it is believed others have placed similar orders elsewhere.

Built a Motorcycle in 1868.  It was way back in 1868 that a New Englander, W. W. Austin of Winthrope, Mass., attached a coal-burning steam engine to his bicycle, or as it was called then, velocipede, and thus produced the first American-built motorcycle.  Previous to that date, in 1860, a Frenchman named Lenoir had more or less successfully fitted a gas engine to a “push –wheel”. 

A picture of a lovely young lady in a white dress standing beside a motorcycle is followed by this paragraph:  “A fair Keystone State denizen, one of thousands who are awaiting the day when the motorcycle will be adapted to feminine requirements.  This is typically illustrative of a condition which actually prevails—the desire to ride being throttled by mechanical difficulties which the average member of the weaker sex hesitates to attempt to overcome.

Another Motorcycle Elopement.  San Jose, Cal.  Dismayed by the prospect of his sweetheart being compelled to marry a wealthier man, F. N. Hall, employed as a chef in a hotel at Ramona by the father of the girl, placed her on his motorcycle, which is equipped with a tandem attachment, rushed to Los Angeles, was married there, journeyed to San Diego on the machine, and then received the parental forgiveness.  (The young lady’s father arranged the marriage to the “wealthier” man resulting in the elopement with the one she chose for herself) – March 1910.

Fast Messenger Service.  Fast messenger service is afforded to the patrons of the American District Telegraph Company of Milwaukee by a corps of four boys, who use Indian machines in making their deliveries.  The utility of the scheme has been demonstrated entirely to the satisfaction of the company.

Fast Going in the South.  The distance between Birmingham and Atlanta has just been covered by Robert Stubbs in seven hours and five minutes.  This is faster than any time previously made by either a car or a motorcycle.  – Motorcycle Illustrated.  April 1910.