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A Man about Town on a Tricycle

budhurstThe Summit Herald of September 21, 1928 reported that Miss Esther Underwood of Summit married Charles “Chick” Evans at the Lake Placid Club Chapel. Mr. Evans, a well-known amateur golf player, was the only man to have won the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open in the same year (1916). The wedding was kept secret until a few weeks beforehand, and the ceremony was restricted to immediate family. The bride wore a dress of periwinkle blue and a gray hat.

A notable sight on the streets of Summit was 23-year-old Albert Hartman, on his hand-propelled tricycle. Hartman, the new business secretary at the YMCA, lost the use of his legs at the age of four to Infantile Paralysis [polio]. In high school, he was a competitive swimmer, using only his arms. He was in the habit of riding three to four miles a day at an average speed of 8 MPH, with short sprints of up to 15 MPH.

Nineteen-year-old Boy Scout Reese Davis returned from a cross-country drive to San Francisco along the Lincoln Highway with four other scouts. Davis was the primary driver and mechanic. The group gave safety demonstrations in 65 towns to enthusiastic crowds. They were greeted by many mayors (in in Cheyenne, Wyoming, by the Governor).  Most of the trip was uneventful, but Davis confessed that on the return leg he was stopped by a policeman in a small town for speeding at 22 MPH.  [For more details about the expedition, click here.

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