Ted Braun, a Shoreline Greenway Trail Board member, an avid bicyclist and a retired educator, has written a new book based on the diaries of his wife Deirdre’s great-grandfather, Llewellyn Barker, written from the age of 14 to 86, entitled The Barkers of Branford: Life in America Through a Local Lens, chronicling the history of a family, of a town, of a nation.
Ted welcomes you to join him in his presentation at the Blackstone Library sponsored by the Branford Historical Society on Wednesday, July 13th at 7 PM. Ted will share from the following:
….A New York Evening Post editorial in 1890 bemoaned the “Ravages of the Bicycle Craze” and noted theatre owners “have had the poorest season for many years” because men and women of every age were saving their money to “buy wheels”.
….Llewellyn wrote in his diary: “I bought a bicycle of (from) Sandy Wood $65 it is an high grade $135 machine” 10/19/1892
….“I went to the shop……I came home before 5 oclock and road back on my bicycle up to the town hall to carry in my tax list…Millard Farnham has got him a “pneumatic” we road around the yard” 10/26/1892