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Leonidas "Lon" Claflin
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1880
Ray County
Missouri, USA
Death: 1920
Utah, USA

Lon Claflin, of Salt Lake City, is engaged in the sale of the Indian motorcycles, bicycles and accessories and also does repair work. He is known to the world at large as the winner of a championship in 1912, when he startled the motorcycle world on the 19th day of May at Los Angeles, California, by breaking the world's amateur record both in a mile race and in a seventeen-mile contest. His record on those occasions has never been equalled. The same determination to reach his objective in the business world is manifest in the conduct of his Salt Lake establishment.

Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical. Volume III.

Lon Claflin, their only child, was a pupil in the public schools of Missouri and Colorado, attending the high school at Denver, after which he made his initial step in the business world by turning his attention to mining at Cripple Creek, Colorado. He remained active in that field of labor until 1910, when he came to Salt Lake City, where on the 25th of March he organized his present business, having the agency for the Indian motorcycles and bicycles. He also has a large repair department and engages in the sale of all motorcycle parts. He established business in a small way but his trade has grown to large proportions and in 1911 the business was incorporated with Mr. Claflin as the president. The success of the undertaking is attributable almost entirely to his efforts, being due to his close application, indefatigable energy and persistency of purpose.

On the 22d of September, 1906, Mr. Claflin was married at Cripple Creek, Colorado, to Miss Pearl Funk, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott E. Funk, the former well known in mining circles at Cripple Creek. In politics Mr. Claflin maintains an independent course. Fraternally he is connected with the Woodmen of the World and also with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of Salt Lake and he belongs likewise to the Salt Lake Commercial Club, being deeply interested in everything that pertains to the upbuilding of the city and the advancement of its material and civic interests. The name of Lon Claflin has been known in sporting circles since the 19th of May, 1912, when he covered a mile in a motorcycle race in thirty-eight and two-fifths seconds and seventeen miles in eleven minutes, twenty-four and three-fifths seconds, or what would be an average of eighty-nine and fifty-five hundredths miles per hour. This record has never been beaten. His interest in the motorcycle has been one feature of his success in the development of his present business. He knows whereof he speaks when he recommends the Indian and, moreover, he possesses the qualities of good salesmanhip, so that his business is steadily growing.

Mr. Claflin is a native of Missouri. He was born in Ray county on the 4th of October, 1880, a son of John J. and Alice E. (Easton) Claflin, the former a native of Illinois, while the latter was born in Missouri. The father removed to Missouri in early life and was there reared to manhood, after which he engaged in the cattle business, becoming a buyer and shipper of cattle. In 1890 he removed to Colorado, settling at Hartsel in Park county, where he engaged in ranching. His last days were passed in Salt Lake City, where he resided from 1913 until 1915, when he was called to his final rest. His widow survives and now resides in Santa Monica, California.
Family links: 
  John Jefferson Claflin (1856 - 1915)
  Susan Alice Eastin Claflin (1859 - 1944)
  Pearl M. Funk Claflin (1886 - 1973)
San Gabriel Cemetery
San Gabriel
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Record added: Jul 10, 2011
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Leonidas Lon Claflin
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Leonidas Lon Claflin
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Leonidas Lon Claflin
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