George H. Strong
The Man at the Wheel. George H. Strong, of this city, rode from Oakland to San José on a bicycle, passing through Brooklyn, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Alvarado, Washington Corners and Milpitas. Although the roads were fair, the heat of the weather was too intense for any great speed, but the rider arrived at San José a little after 2 o'clock, making a distance of a little less than fifty miles, in five hours and thirty-five minutes.
The Man at the Wheel. George H. Strong, Oakland to San Jose - The San Francisco Examiner San Francisco, California 07 Jun 1879, Sat • Page 3
STRONG & ADAMS (George H. Strong and E. W. Adams) agents Victor bicycles and bicycle sundries, 220 Market
San Francisco (San Francisco County, Calif.) City Directory. (1890). United States: R.L.Polk.
The portrait of Mr. George H. Strong, of San Francisco, Cal., will be found in the group of newly elected Division officers. He rode the old velocipede in 1869 and 1870, and commenced riding the ordinary in June, 1878, being one of the first three in San Francisco to do so. Other riders gradually joined the trio until in December, 1878, he organized the San Francisco Bicycle Club, which has had a continuous and flourishing existence since that time. It is the second oldest club having existence in the United States, the Boston Club being the leader. Mr. Strong was elected vice-captain of this club at the time of its organization. During the following year there was a sufficient number of new riders added in Oakland, where he had his residence (just across the bay from San Francisco), to warrant a club there, and he organized a club in June, 1879. [Oakland Bicycle Club - MF] He was elected captain of this club for several successive years and elected consul three successive years under the old organization of the League and before the formation of the California Division, and was also a member of the racing board for one or two years. During his official career an Oakland ordinance was repealed, which forbade the riding of any two wheeled velocipede anywhere within the city limits, and the Golden Gate Park of San Francisco was, after many interviews with the commissioners, opened to wheelmen to the extent of allowing them to use the south drive to and from the ocean beach (this privilege has since been extended to practically cover the whole park, except about the music stand on concert days when there is a crowd). The Central Pacific Railroad was also prevailed upon to allow wheels to be carried free if the owner purchased a ticket and accompanied his wheel. To Mr. Strong belongs the credit of laying out the first properly constructed bicycle and athletic track in California. This track was built by the Olympic A. C. and was one-fifth of a mile in extent, with banked corners, and when in condition was tolerably fast. It was used by the O. A. C. and the cycling clubs jointly, and was the scene of many interesting races among the old timers. He was elected chief consul upon the reform ticket at the recent election.
GEORGE H. STRONG, The Bearings, Chicago, December 16, 1892
Captain George H. Strong of the Reliance Club Wheelmen and daughter have returned from their wheeling trip through Lake County. They started about the first of July, which accounts for Captain Strong's absence from the league meet at San Jose on the Fourth. As it was the first one he had ever missed, much anxiety was expressed at the time lest he be ill, particularly by the members of the "Ladies' Cycling Club", with whom "Pop" Strong is very popular.
The Wheelmen. - The San Francisco Call, 20 Jul 1895
In 1877 two wheels were imported into this country, from Coventry, England, by G. Loring Cunningham and were placed on exhibition in the window of a carpet store on Bush street. They were of the Bayless & Thomas make, and proved an excellent advertisement for the house, for they became a nine days wonder. One of these wheels Mr. Cunningham kept for his personal use; the other was purchased by George H. Strong, although the cost of it was twice that of one of our modern wheels, the price ranging from $130 upward.
Then the "club" resort was had. On December 13, 1878, a club was formed known as the San Francisco Bicycle Club, which was the first organization of its kind on the Coast, and the second in the whole United States. Among the members were Governor George C. Perkins, Colonel Ralph de Clairmont, Judge Kerrigan, George H. Strong, G. Loring Cunningham, F. G. Blinn, J. G. Golby, George Hobe, Robert M. Welch, Charles L. Barrett, F. C. Merrill, E. Mohrig. F. E. Osbourne, Charles C. Moore, Fred Russ Cook, Herman C. Eggers, Frank D. Elwell and many others.
In the face of the united and determined efforts of this club the barriers of further progress in the science of wheeling were broken down. The Oakland barrier fell to the lot of George H. Strong, a resident of the city which completely ostracized the sport, and his task was not an easy one. To have an ordinance repealed, and one which thoroughly voiced the sentiments of the people, required much persuasion and a deal of delicate electioneering even to break the ice of the subject. However, with the ald of Ex-Mayor Pardee, father of the present Governor, and Henry Vrooman, an amendment was drawn up allowing the wheelmen the privilege of the streets which were practically out in the suburbs, such as the streets north of Twelfth, and down across the Twelfth-street bridge to the county road.
When San Francisco Was Teaching America to Ride a Bicycle - Sun, Feb 26, 1905 - Page 5 - San Francisco Chronicle
Pages which link here:
- THE BICYCLE. - A Remonstrance and an Appeal for the Protection of the Velocipede - Oakland Tribune, 20 Apr 1876, Thu - Page 3 (← links)
- BICYCLE-RIDING. Meet on the Point Lobos Road, and Formation of a Club - Fri, Nov 29, 1878 - Page 3 - San Francisco Chronicle (← links)
- San Francisco Bicycle Club (← links)
- George J. Hobe (← links)
- Oakland Bicycle Club (← links)
- Edwin Mohrig (← links)
- Frank Henry Kerrigan (← links)
- The Bicycle Races at Stockton. - San Francisco Chronicle, 05 Jul 1889 (← links)
- AMONG THE WHEELMEN - Track to Be Used in the Tournament. - A Matter of Interest to Racers. - San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Jan 1895 (← links)
- Charles C. Moore (← links)
- THE BICYCLE RUN. - Oakland Tribune, 30 Apr 1883 (← links)
- Olympic Club athletic grounds (← links)
- The Wheelmen. - The San Francisco Examiner, 04 Feb 1884 (← links)
- Oakland Wheelmen (← links)
- ON THE WHEEL. - Daily Alta California, 29 November 1885 (← links)
- WHEELERS. - Oakland Tribune, 16 Feb 1887 (← links)
- The Wheel. - San Francisco Chronicle, 09 Jul 1888 (← links)
- THE BICYCLE CLUB DINNER. - The San Francisco Examiner, 20 Jan 1887 (← links)
- ON THE ROAD. A Contribution From an Old Time Biker. - Oakland Tribune, 26 Jun 1889 (← links)
- Wheeling. - The San Francisco Examiner, 29 Apr 1889 (← links)
- FAST WHIRRING WHEELS. - The San Francisco Examiner, 05 Jul 1889 (← links)
- Thomas Stevens (← links)
- ABOUT THE CYCLE. - Allen and Sachtleben on the Homestretch. - The San Francisco Call, 16 Jan 1893 (← links)
- The Wheelmen. - The San Francisco Call, 20 Jul 1895 (← links)
- THEY ARE ONE NOW. - THE LEADING BICYCLE CLUBS AMALGAMATED. - The Pacific Road Club Merged With the San Francisco Bicycle Club. - San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Dec 1892 (← links)
- Pacific Road Club (← links)
- The Wheel. - San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 1887 (← links)
- TO OLYMPUS ON WHEELS. - Annual Feast and Games of the O. C. Cyclers at Escalles. - San Francisco Chronicle, 14 May 1898 (← links)
- THE WHEEL. - Oakland Tribune, 11 Sep 1888 (← links)
- L. Devany (← links)
- G. H. Strong (redirect page) (← links)
- THE LEAGUE'S ELECTION. - The San Francisco Examiner, 17 Sep 1895 (← links)
- NEW BICYCLE RECORD. - San Francisco Chronicle, 06 Aug 1894 (← links)
- ONE RECORD BROKEN. - Byrne Went a Half Mile at San Jose in 1:01. - The San Francisco Call - September 10, 1895 (← links)
- Geo. H. Strong (redirect page) (← links)
- The Bicyclists' Meet. - The San Francisco Examiner, 16 Jul 1883 (← links)