One local chapter of the story concerns Harry Scott, founder of Scott's Cycle, and the way World War I affected him.
Back in the 19-teens and 20s, it seems, National Bicycle Week was a thing, and the principal Salem bike shops together advertised for it.
|National Bicycle Week, May 4th, 1918|
- For Health and Pleasure
- Miles of Joy
- Save Time
- Save Gasoline
- Limber up
- Beat the bus or streetcar
But of course a major part of this was war and the prospect of rationing, especially of gasoline and its affect on automobility.
|Our first auto show of February 1919|
Still, thrift could be patriotic. The United States had entered the war formally in April of 1917 and a draft followed shortly thereafter.
And it was not difficult to frame bikes as a patriotic and prudent thing to use.
|Army of Bicycle Riders, May 25th, 1918|
He and Charles Piper closed out the inventory and closed the store.
|Drafted and Closing out Sale, June 15th, 1918|
|Returned from the Service, February 6th, 1919|
Significantly for us, the storefront on State Street was no longer available, and he reopened just around the corner in today's location of Scott's Cycle, at 147 Commercial St. SE.
And the rest is history, as they say.
- Why not Start Celebrating Scott's 100th Anniversary a Year Early!
- Celebrating a Half-Century of Scott's Cycle in 1965
- Harry Scott's First Bike Shop was on State Street
- The African-American 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps
- Bicycles at D-Day
- Our earliest Veterans from the War of 1812
- Dedication to Bike Committee Member, Lt. Ricky Alan Serex
- A bunch of European material on bicycling and World War I
- Some thoughts on Lt. Col. Leonidas Willis, CSA, who settled here in 1871 after the war and whose son built the downtown building that now houses the Book Bin.