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Berthoud Weekly Surveyor June 20, 2013 Page A5


Berthoud Wheel Club ruled the streets in 1897


n 1897 Berthoud got serious about bicycles. That year the Davis-Hartford Mercantile Company, located at the northwest corner of Third Street and Massachusetts Avenue, sold Surveyor bicycles and, Columnist after a large number of local residents equipped themselves with the two-wheeled vehicles, an invitation to the organizational meeting of the “Berthoud Mark Wheelman’s French Club” was published in The Berthoud Bulletin. F.I. Davis, who was a partner in the Davis-Hartford store, formed the group with the assistance of banker Thomas Bunyan and merchants Charles Pollock and Amos Mahan. On May 13, 1897, The Berthoud Bulletin announced, “All who ride bicycles are requested to meet at the

hose house tomorrow evening for the purpose of organizing a wheelman’s club. This is a good move as a club properly officered will add to the pleasure of biking.” In 1897 Berthoud’s hose house, a small two-story frame building on Fourth Street that was used to store the fire fighters’ hose cart, was one of the few buildings in the town of 300 residents that was suitable for a public meeting. The successful organization of the club was celebrated the following week with a parade that drew the attention of local residents. At that time Berthoud’s tabloid noted, “There were 18 bicycles in the parade last Saturday evening and a number of tin horns, cow bells, and a few nameless musical instruments. A temporary organization was effected and the necessary committees appointed by chairman F.I. Davis. T.C. Bunyan was appointed captain for the evening’s parade.” The Berthoud Wheel Club, perfected on May 18, 1897, was chartered to “furnish enjoyment and recreation of its members,” which included all bicycle riders of Berthoud and vicinity. Royal purple and white were designated as the club’s colors and

Thank you Mark French, president Berthoud Historical Society The Berthoud Historical Society would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2013 Berthoud Historic Home Tour on June 15 a great success.

Davis, Bunyan, Pollock and Mahan were elected as its president, secretary, captain and lieutenant. Pollock, captain of the Berthoud Wheel Club, was responsible for the club’s “runs” and charged with “general supervision over matters relating to runs or excursions.” Terms of the officers were set at three months, and regular meetings were scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. In June 1897 the Berthoud Wheel Club met at the May & Pollock store (present-day Castle Rug Company building) to enroll members. Nothing regarding the Berthoud Wheel Club appeared in The Berthoud Bulletin after that time. While Berthoud’s first bicycle club quickly faded into oblivion, local bicycle sellers and riders continued to make headlines in Berthoud’s newspaper. John Bunyan, the 21-year-old son of Berthoud Wheel Club organizer Thomas C. Bunyan, earned notice in the local tabloid with advertisements for the Rambler bicycles that he offered for sale at an unknown location. At the time, Bunyan was a cashier at the Bank of Berthoud that his father operated at the northwest corner of Third Street and Mountain Thanks are in order to homeowners Bryan and Isabelle Laak at 706 Seventh St., Leslie Deptowicz at 725 Welch Ave., and Jan Nichols at 947 Fifth St., and the McCarty-Fickel Home at 645 Seventh St., who prepared and opened their houses to visitors on tour day. Thanks also go to these community-minded Berthoud businesses that sponsored the event: Simply Shabulous, City Star Brewing,

Last Saturday’s events in Berthoud featured a tractor parade.

OBITUARY Carol Judy Dec. 26, 1941 — May 26, 2013 Carol Judy, 72, of Berthoud died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Sugar Valley Estates in Loveland, Colo. Carol was born Dec. 26, 1941, to Carl and Edith Sexton in Saginaw, Mich. She graduated from West High School, Denver, Colo., in 1959, after which she continued her education by attending nursing school, graduating as a registered nurse. On Dec 31, 1965, she married Hayward F. (Frank) Judy at the

The historical society and Mark French are interested in obtaining and copying old photos from Berthoud’s past. Please contact Mark at 532-2147 if you have any photos you would like to share.

Avenue. The Rambler bicycles that for future races. Bunyan sold were considered to be In 1897 Berthoud was not alone very fancy because each bike was in its infatuation with bicycles. That painted in red and black. October the Denver Wheel Club held a 50-mile Berthoud’s pursuit relay bicycle riders race as part also earned ocof Denver’s casional menFestival of tion in the local Mountain and newspaper. Plain. Prior In July 1897, to the event for instance, The Berthoud the tabloid reBulletin noted, ported that Sid “The competDavis had riding teams den his bicycle will be the to Longmont Denver Wheel for the town’s Club and the Fourth of July Colorado state celebration team which and took the comprise the train back flowers of to Berthoud Colorado ridafter his tire ers. A novel was puncfeature of the tured. That Photo from 1897 Berthoud Bulletin race is that summer the Bank of Berthoud cashier John Bunyan sold newspaper also bicycles in 1897. The Davis-Hartford Mercan- it will be run reported that tile Company at the northwest corner of Third in a flood of Preston Dennis Street and Massachusetts Avenue also sold electric light.” and William If that failed bikes. Berner, two to impress, boys who lived in the Red Rock disthere was also a band concert during trict west of Berthoud, had purchased the race featuring 100 hundred musia tandem bicycle and were practicing cians.

Berthoud Inn & Events, Johnson’s Corner, Front Range Antiques, Home State Bank, R. Bruce Fickel II, Attorney at Law, RE/MAX Town & Country Real Estate, Weedin Insurance Agency, Picture This Custom Framing & Interiors, Berthoud Drug, Grandpa’s Café, Lighthouse Café, Tito’s Mexican Grill, A&W, Da Bean, Brick Oven Pizza, Nonna Bella, Derby Grill, Whistle Stop Family Fun & Dining, Subway, New China, Wishful Living, Indigo Sky Trading Co., Berthoud Physical Therapy, Berthoud Weekly Surveyor, Liz Kearney, Legal Counsel, Main Street Car Care and Quick Lube, Berthoud Floor Covering, Gifts from the Guild and Zink Metal Art. Appreciation is also extended to the Longs Peak Antique Tractor and Engine Association and several local tractor owners who helped host an antique tractor show and parade, the Berthoud Chamber of Commerce and the Berthoud Outdoor Quilt Show Committee for their part in planning a successful joint effort, and dozens of community members who worked as volunteers to make this annual event a source of community pride.

Photo by Becky Justice-Hemmann

Lakewood Methodist Church in mother, talented artist, and a memLakewood, Colo. ber of the Loveland Elks Lodge. She Carol continued her loved her dog Dolly, playservice in the medical ing poker, and driving her profession as a registered baby blue T-bird with the nurse until 1979, at which top down. time she dedicated herself She is survived by two full time to being a wife sons, Darrell Judy and and mother. his wife Mora of Newport, Carol moved from RI, and Steven Judy and Denver to a rural area of his wife Cynthia of Old Berthoud, Colo., in 1972. Lyme, Conn., five grandShe moved to the town children; Mark, Katelyn, of Berthoud in 2001 and Kyle, Ryan and Josh finally to Sugar Valley Judy, one brother; Larry Carol Judy Estates in Loveland, Sexton and wife Claire of Colo., in 2013. Alabama; and numerous Carol was a dedicated wife and nieces and nephews.

Be a part of your county fair Special to the Surveyor Exhibiting your talents at the Larimer County Fair is as American as apple pie. No, we’re not suggesting that you be an exhibitionist. We’re really talking about apple pies, salsa, paintings, knitted hats and other things you make. By pre-entering your garden produce, flowers, needlework metal or wood working, beadwork or other crafts, photography, art work, wine, honey, or baked or preserved foods, any adult or youth can exhibit these items at the Larimer County Fair at no cost. The list of open class items and rules can be found at The pre-entry deadline is Monday, July 15 and pre-entries can be made online. After July 15, you can still enter with a late charge of $5 per department. The Larimer County Fair and PRCA Rodeo official dates are August 2-6. Your items will need to be taken to the fairgrounds earlier that week for judging. Check the schedule and instructions for entering Open Class Exhibits at the website. For additional information contact CSU Larimer County Extension Office at 498-6000. What will you take to the county fair?

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, at Greenlawn Cemetery located in Larimer County at the corner of County Road 1 and Highway 56, one mile east of the town of Berthoud. Reception service will follow the memorial service at the Berthoud Community Center located at 248 Welch Ave., Berthoud, CO 80513. All memorial contributions may be sent to the Loveland Elks Lodge, 103 E. Fourth St., Loveland CO 80537 or the Berthoud Boy Scouts Troop 6, c/o Berthoud United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 506, Berthoud, CO 80513.

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