Stephen Horton Knapp, Jr.
... San Mateo Wheelmen, in command of Lieutenant Knapp ...
S. H. Knapp Jr. and D. W. Donnelly are two of the members residing in San Mateo. They are invaluable men on the occasion of picnic runs, and have a pleasant habit of hiding a three-gallon can of fresh milk near the roadside whenever the club has a run beyond San Mateo. On a warm day it is easy to understand how acceptable their habit is and the stampede of riders for the can is worth seeing. They usually form a line and are allowed one cup at a time. When the first has had a drink he goes to the foot of the line and awaits his turn again, as do all the others until the can is empty.
W. M. Meeker and S. H. Knapp Jr. of the Bay City Wheelmen enjoyed a ride in the foothills back of Mountain View over a road part of which was entirely new to wheelmen. After wheeling from San Mateo to the first-named place they took the road leading toward the hills and followed it for about six miles, to a little place called Cupertino, from where they rode to Saratoga and Congress Springs, and then to Los Gatos, finishing at San Jose, where they took the train for home. They rode forty-eight miles, and pronounce the trip one of the prettiest within a day's reach.
There has for some time past been much speculation as to what adventures and interesting features a trip to Mount Diablo might possess. On Saturday, the 30th ult., two parties of wheelmen started out to investigate. The first, consisting of W. M. Meeker and S. H. Knapp Jr., left Oakland at 1:40 o'clock, and proceeding via the usual route to Walnut Creek, arrived there at 4:38 o'clock, finding the road thus far very good. Proceeding on their journey they found that the enterprising officials of the county or, perhaps the chain-gang, had been repairing the road to Alamo. The repairs so far consisted of its having been plowed for about six miles, all of which distance had to be walked. This, of course, took time, so they did not reach Cook's ranch, where they dined, till about 7 o'clock.
A very enjoyable trip for wheelmen to take is the one made by S. H. Knapp Jr. and W. M. Meeker on Sunday week. Leaving San Mateo they took the Spanishtown road as far as Wylie's on the summit, from where they rode along the ridge of the mountains to Pelarcitos and returned by Lake San Andreas. The same day C. A. Howard and R. M. Thompson rode to Spanishtown and back.
Chief Consul Mohrig and wife of San Francisco, Charles C. Moore and wife of Stockton and S. H. Knapp of San Francisco were out riding last evening over the asphalt streets. Mrs. Mohrig rides a ladies' bicycle, and manages it with rare grace, aud she presents a very pretty sight mounted on her two-wheeler. Last evening the entire party was the cynosure of all eyes. Mr. and Mrs. Moore rode a tandem, while the other gentlemen rode safeties. Mrs. Mohrig is the first lady to ride the ladies' cycle in Los Angeles.
Chief Consul Thompson, with W. D. Sheldon, W. M. Meeker and S. H. Knapp Jr., left Saturday night on the theater train for Menlo Park, from which they wheeled to Saratoga by moonlight, riding to Santa Cruz yesterday via Bowlder Creek and Felton.
The run of the Bay City Wheelmen on July 28 was a most enjoyable one, but it was eclipsed on the 5th inst by the picnic run, that, for variety, could hardly be equaled anywhere. The members of the club and four of the Oak Leaf Wheelmen, of Stockton, who were their guests, left this city at 8:30, and riding leisurely down the Bay road reached San Mateo (twenty miles) at 11:30. The run was met a short distance from town by S. H. Knapp, Jr of the Commissary Department, and the usual refreshments in the shape of milk and crackers was dispensed. Wheels were again mounted, and the picnic grounds were soon reached. Here were found a number of the Garden City Wheelmen, of San Jose, who had ridden up thirty miles to attend the run. The lunch was soon attacked, and its disappearance was a matter of a very short time. The committee, with wise forethought, had provided an extra supply of everything, and this supply followed the course of the other edibles. After dinner the members and guests, numbering fifty-five, were photographed, the photographer finding great difficulty, as usual, in keeping his subjects still. After dinner the riders visited the great dam of the Spring Valley Water Works and viewed it with much interest. This dam has been in course of construction for five years, and has had at times nearly one thousand men working on it. Over 200,000 barrels of the best Portland cement were used in it, and it is to cost about $4,000,000.
Steve Knapp, as lecturer, was a huge success. After absorbing a great deal of information regarding dams, the boys started for the beach, and were soon swimming in the pleasantly warm waters of the Bay. On the road leading from the beach is the home of D. W. Donnelly, a member of the club. The riders were invited in and regaled with fruit and watermelons, freshly picked.
The riders started for home at 4 o'clock, and arrived in the city at 7 o'clock. The Stockton Club members were delighted with their outing, and invited the club to their city on the 11th to visit Lodi, the great watermelon district of ihe State. Dr. C. C. Moore, of Stockton, has promised to provide a sufficient quantity of his H. H. H. medicine, to cure any riders attacked by illness from eating too much melon.
Several parties are being formed to wheel to the Yosemite this year, one consisting of W. M. Meeker, Walter. D. Sheldon, S. H. Knapp Jr. and R. M. Thompson, who expect to go in May. Ed Landis, C. N. Langton and H. A. Spalding will go the latter part of June. F. W. Ray, J. G. Cox, E. W. Adams and others will go to Lake Tahoe. Sanford Plummer, George P. Wetmore, Thomas H. Doane and C. W. Hammer will probably do the Yosemite some time during the season.
Messrs. Thompson, Meeker, Doane, Wetmore, Hammer, Plummer, Knapp, Spaulding and Landis, of the Bay City Wheelmen, made a trip to the top of Mount Tamalpais on the 17th inst. The trip was pronounced the most enjoyable run of the season by all who were fortunate enough to reach the summit, where lunch was served at the “hidden spring” at noon.
Knapp and Hammer are the first who ever had their wheels crown the peak of Tamalpais, an achievement they may well be proud of, as the last half mile (where the others left their wheels) is covered with brush and loose rocks.
There's some evidence that Morrison and Nachtrieb might have been first.
There are some delightful little rides around San Francisco and Oakland, and for those who do not mind lifting their wheels over ditches, etc., once in a while some notes are given of a jaunt taken by W. W. Meeker and S. H. Knapp Jr. of the Bay City Wheelmen. From Oakland they went out to Berkeley and then back to Claremont. From there they struck back east into the hills and followed up an old toll road leading to Walnut Creek. This road was never opened to the public. When near the summit they turned and struck off in the direction of the Jack Hayes canyon, through which they rode and turned around into Fruitvale, covering about twenty miles of as interesting and pretty a country as can well be found around Oakland. On the boat Meeker was asked by a juvenile rider, who informed them that he he'd ridden from Oakland to San Jose in 4 1/2 hours, if he, Meeker, had ever ridden to San Jose. Think of that, you old timers, who, under command of Captain Meeker, rode many a trip to the Garden City and return, and wonder.
S. H. Knapp, an old-time member of Bay City Wheelmen, is up from Fresno on a visit and will be entertained by his clubmates.
Charles A. Elliot, one of the charter members of the Bay City Wheelmen, was married recently to Miss Smith of Stockton and is now receiving the congratulations of his friends and fellow members. In those good old cycling days when a rider (we all rode ordinaries then) knew personally every other rider in the City and the make of his wheel (there were only two or three different styles), Elliot was one of the most enthusiastic riders and took many long country trips in company with Steve Knapp, Billy Meeker, Ralph Thompson, Billy McClure, Fred Allan, Porter Libby, Robert M. Welch, Frank James, the writer and others, some of whose names you seldom hear of in cycling affairs nowadays.