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In Years Past

October 27, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, an endurance race that lived up to its name was conducted by the Buffalo Motorcycle Club Sunday. Twenty-six riders left Buffalo between 7:30 and 8 a.m. in the morning over a route that was to take them through Olean, Jamestown, Westfield and back over the lake road to the Bison City, making a run of 212.6 miles. The continued rains during the past week, however, had converted the roads into miniature lakes of mud and as result only two of the contenders reached Jamestown while only four more were reported to have gone through on Monday. The other 20 riders undoubtedly gave it up as a bad job and turned back. The first man to reach Jamestown was William E. Mevius. He was checked in at the corner of West Third and Cherry streets covered with mud and almost exhausted. He replenished the oil and gas supply of his machine and after drinking a cup of hot coffee, started on his journey again.



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