Joseph Antoine Delmas

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Brother of Celine Delmas and Antonio J. Delmas




Garden City Cyclers

The following returned on the train, and of this number fifty-three completed the century: W. M. Meeker, in charge of the run; A. M. Thompson, [R. M. Thompson] G. P. Wetmore, F. R. Cook, T. L. Hill, E. C. Landis, F. W. Ray, A. E. McKinney, J. L Miller, J. F. C. Holroyd, C. Emler, G. A. Morrill, T. E. Bullivant, G. Sheller, H. A. Pogue, W. I. Gilmour, T. W. Gilmour, C. H. Bliss, E. S. Broadwater, R. Fairbanks, W. W. Needham, G. L. Kessling, J. A. Delmas, Hy Smith, J. Smith, F. Larder, A. Rivett, E. D. Woodman, O. Granicher, Y. D. Hensiel, A. A. Deesing, W. R. Lipsett, R. R. Martin, L. G. Hodgkins, A. E. J. Nye, H. C. Hyde, E. C. Toie, H. W. Spaulding, L. A. Connoy, W. G. Watchers, F. A. Leadbetter, J. A. McNamara, C. Lapson, J. B. Lamb, C. N. Langton, S. Lubin, C. W. Hammer, S. Plummer, A. D. Allen, J. G. Cox, W. E. Thompson, T. H. Doane, T. Stevenson, H. F. Wynne, L. S. Stewart, F. A. McGrew and R. A. Smyth. Of the wheels ridden forty three were "ordinary," or tall wheels, and ten were safeties.

The Wheelmen. - San Francisco Chronicle, 09 Jun 1890

The Garden City Cyclers, an organization which numbers among its members some of the best racing men on the coast, was formed on the 13th of last January by a combination of the old Cyclers and the Garden City Wheelmen. The new club has flourished from the beginning and has done much to sustain interest in the sport to which its members are so devoted. The club has comfortable apartments on a prominent street which are seldom deserted. There is a parlor with two large bay-windows and a corner fireplace with an elegant hard wood mantel and plate-glass mirror, two billiard-rooms-each with its table and a directors' or officers' room - also a bathroom for training purposes. The rooms are lighted by both gas and electricity. It is proposed to build a good bicycle track, and have it in readiness for the race meet to be held on Admission day. The fleur-de-lis has been adopted by the club as its distinctive emblem. The present officers of the club are as follows: J. B. Lamkin, president; J. A. Desimone, vice-president; J. L. Bothwell, secretary-treasurer; board of directors - G. A. Morrill, Y. D. Hensill, Al Col, C. D. Smith, F. P. Black und E. Williston; C. N. Ravlin, captain; R. O. Summers, first lieutenant; F. S. Munn, second lieutenant; W. W. Feedham, bugler; J. A. Delmas, color-bearer.


Realizing the advantages of a perfect track in proximity to the metropolis, and being assured of a large list of entries, representing many organizations of wheelmen, the Alameda Bicycle and Athletic Club has decided not to go to Stockton, but to hold a meet of its own on July 4. Many of the crack riders will be represented, including Grant Bell, Walter Foster, B. C. Lund, George Neece, Harry Maxwell, Jesse Ives and probably Edwards and Delmas of San Jose. The State is big enough for two racing meets on one day, and the crowd at Stockton will leave enough people in this vicinity to fill the spacious park at Alameda. The only thing to be regretted is the discord which has been engendered between some of the clubs.

CHAT ABOUT THE CYCLE. - A Brief Sketch of the Garden City Cyclers. - Frank Waller Makes a New World's Record. - The Coming Century Run - Straight Spokes. - The San Francisco Call, Jun 13, 1892

Captain J. A. Delmas has called a run of the Garden City Cyclers to Warm Springs to-morrow, where they will be tendered a clam bake by the proprietor of the Warm Springs Hotel.

THE WHEELMEN. - San Jose Road Club's Five-Mile Road Race To-Morrow. - HE IS AN ENTHUSIAST. - Henry Martin Now Rides a Bike for Pleasure. - San Francisco Call, 3 August 1895


Fourth Number in Series of Sketches, Accompanied by Photographs Resurrected From Musty Garret of Local Business House, Presented This Morning.



JOSEPH ANTOINE DELMAS - prominent member of the B. P. O. E. and the N. S. G. W., and manager of the Dudfield Lumber Company - was a nine-year-old man when the big high "ordinary” bicycle made its first appearance on the Pacific Coast. Nevertheless, he contracted the bicycle fever, and his family purchased for him a tiny "ordinary" wheel, which was made to order in '81. At this time cycling was considered a man's pastime, and Joe was probably the most diminutive wheelman in this city.

Joe devoted his time assiduously to the sport, and when he attained his majority he had developed a pair of sturdy legs which proved swift enough in '92 to win for him his first bicycle races on a track in this city. Joe was always a staunch supporter of the colors of the Garden City Wheelmen, and aided in scoring many a victory for that organization.

The machine represented here in the photograph was the last stage in the development of the bicycle before the era of pneumatic tires, but a few years later it was derisively termed a "cheese cutter" - just why no one today seems to know.

This bicycle was plentifully supplied with springs, and did not jar the rider like the first "safeties" did. It was just as heavy as the old ones, however, and modern riders would undoubtedly prefer to walk to propelling one of these ancient affairs more than a block, yet Joseph Antoine rode it often from San Jose to Capitola and Monterey, across the mountains.

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Polk's San Jose City and Santa Clara County Directory. (1909). United States: R. L. Polk & Company.