Among the many forms of entertainments given by the club none are more popular than the “smokers.” The club provide the drinkables for the occasion, while the members see that sufficient eatables are on hand.
The entertainment is varied, singing, recitations and music being the order of the evening. James H. Brophy, a well-known local actor, is a great favorite with the members on these occasions, and his contributions are always well received. Dr. Hill's recitations are popular. Dr. Humphrey looked to for a song. The “smoker” derives its name from the fact that cigars are produced during the evening and smoke, for the time being, reigns supreme.
BAY CITY WHEELMEN, Well-Known Athletes Who Travel Around on Wheels. - The San Francisco Examiner, Oct 14, 1888