|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1859|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1935|
New York, USA
Carrie Kiner was known to the public as Elsa Von Blumen. She was a competitive cyclist in the 1880's. On May 24, 1881, about 2,500 people gathered at Rochester's Driving Park to watch the 21-year-old Von Blumen take on a race horse. They cheered as she beat the horse in two out of three heats.
In 1886, she rode 367 miles in 51 hours in a race at Rochester's Convention Hall against a pair of men. They took turns riding, but she beat them without needing a partner.
From The Auburn Bulletin, Tuesday, February 22, 1887
"Elsa Von Blumen:
She Obtains her Divorce – How She Became an Athelete
Says the Oswego Palladium: “Justice Vann last week, granted a divorce in favor of the plaintiff in the case of Carrie W. Beardsley against her husband, Emery E. Beardsley. The application was granted for principal cause.
Mrs. Beardsley is known to the public as Elsa Von Blumen the bicycle rider. She was born in Pensacola, Florida, October 8, 1863, and came with her parents to Albany, N.Y., in the following year. Her maiden name was Carrie Kiner. She came with her parents to Oswego in 1865. The cold winters, incident to all cities upon the great chain of lakes, proved too severe for her delicate frame. She rapidly declined, and was pronounced by several physicians to be in the first stages of consumption. By the advice of friends, she undertook a course in physical exercise, often walking five or six miles a day, together with light exercise with dumb-bells and clubs. The beautiful results were soon manifest. She became possessed of extraordinary powers of endurance, and showed herself capable of undergoing prolonged exertion without injury. About six years ago she removed with her mother and sisters to Rochester, where she has since resided at No.75 Munroe avenue. She made her first appearance as a pedestrian in Auburn in 1881.
In the winter of 1883, she went to Hannibal, Oswego county, on a three weeks’ visit with old friends. Here she met Emery E. Beardsley, a man about 25 years of age. After a brief courtship they were married by Rev. Mr. Koons, a Presbyterian minister of that village. Miss Von Blumen has since alleged that the recollections of this marriage is very vague. The step was hasty, and she firmly believes that she was under some influence at the time.
Their marital experience was not the most happy. The young couple resided in a small dwelling near the parents of the husband, Three months had elapsed when trouble commenced. The young wife went away on a short visit to her home and upon her return found that several trunks containing wardrobe, clothing, jewelry and medals had been broken opened and rifled of their contents. A search warrant was procured, and a portion of the stolen property was found in a haystack in the rear of Beardsley’s father’s house. The young wife returned to her mother’s home in Rochester, where she has since resided.
Beardsley’s whereabouts are unknown as he left Hannibal about two months ago. Miss Von Blumen proposes to continue her bicycle exhibitions during the coming summer.
Emory E. Beardsley (1863 - 1948)
New York, USA
Plot: P, 7, 185
Maintained by: Beardsley/Beardslee Fami...
Originally Created by: Tom McFarland
Record added: May 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90130761