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Sunday, February 5, 2012
c1900 Clipping, Edward Simons broke bicycle speed record, Bridgeport CT to Augusta ME
Snippet found on a clipping that was inserted in the family Bible of Daniel and Alvina D. "Allie" (Whitney) Gordon of Thorndike, Maine, on the reverse of the Albion News section, which was the side valued by the family.
Edward Simons of Bridgeport, Connecticut, arrived at Augusta at 10:12 A.M. Sunday, having broken the 300 miles bicycle road record, covering the distance in 27 hours and 12 minutes. His route was via Springfield, Boston and Portland. He was paced by motor cycle to Boston, tandem to Brunswick and single wheels to Augusta. He finished in good condition, and wins the championship cup now held by Joseph Ashley of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Edward's effort must have taken place around 1900 or after, as just above the article about him is an intriguing piece of an article about May 1, 1900 murder of Fannie Sprague at South Berwick, Maine.
Here's a link to a contemporary account of the murder on the SeacoastNH.com site.
Here's the partial article from the clipping:
If you have any information on Edward Simons or Joseph Ashley or how this particular bicycle event got established, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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