Daniel King DeLong

Daniel King DeLong

Birth
Hallsville, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Death 31 Oct 1956 (aged 78)
Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Burial Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 140978981 · View Source
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“Chillicothe Gazette”, Thursday, November 1, 1956:
“Daniel King (Dan) DeLong, 78, veteran cyclist and former bicycle dealer, died unexpectedly about 8 p. m. Wednesday when he suffered a heart attack while leading the annual Halloween parade. Members of the family and friends said he died as he would have wished-while riding a bicycle in a parade. His health had failed in the last year, following a series of light heart attacks, but he was in the best of spirits just prior to the fatal seizure. He had announced earlier that this was his 64th year in Chillicothe parades. Born in Hallsville on Feb. 20, 1878, the son of Daniel and Julia Thomas DeLong, he started work in Chillicothe as a messenger boy at the Warner Hotel, where he also was bell boy and cigar stand attendant. In 1912, he entered the bicycle business at 89 E. Second St., having the agency for Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and Dayton bicycles. When the automobile began making inroads into the cycle trade, he turned to the tire business, operating at 82 N. Walnut St. from 1917 to 1937. In later years, while retaining the same location, he repaired bicycles and lawnmowers. Despite his long association with bicycles, both as a dealer and as a competitor in bike races, Mr. DeLong was the purchaser of Chillicothe's first commercial airplane. That was in 1929, when he bought a three passenger Travelair which was named "Christine," honoring his wife, the former Christina Knecht. The christening ceremonies were on Harmount Field, now Sky Park. The DeLong Flying Service was the next step, but the "Christine' was demolished later during a "twister". The flying service lasted about five years. As a youthful bike racer, Mr. DeLong establisbed a statewide reputation, capped by his setting a state amateur record in a five mile race at Jackson in 1900. Three years earlier he had won the Ross County title, as well as a 15-mile race at Frankfort. During his racing years, he competed in as many as 100 events during a season. In his lifetime, he accumulated many old bicycles, both domestic and foreign, and some were masterpieces of the manufacturing art. One of his favorites for 50 years or more was the highwheeled bicycle, and two of these were ridden in Wednesday night’s parade. In 1952, while practicing for an appearance in the Lancaster sesquicentennial parade, Mr. DeLong fell from one of these bicycles. His son feels that his father's decline actually began with that fall. In 1950, the elder Mr. DeLong came up with a twin bicycle that he had devised to permit two persons to ride side by side rather than in tandem. He was a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association, a 25-year member of the Elks' lodge, and a member of the Ross County Humane Society. In politics, he was a staunch Democrat. Neighbors of Mr. DeLong, who resided in the rear of his shop, recalled Thursday how, in depression days, Mr. DeLong had operated a daily "soup line" cooking huge pots of bean soup every noon and feeding scores of needy persons day by day. His shop and residence were marked several years ago with a tablet which designates this as the site of the origin of Chillicothe's Great Fire of 1852. His survivors include a son, Daniel (Bud) DeLong, this city; three daughters, Mrs. Lorine Howe, and Mrs. William E. Taylor, both of Route 3, and Mrs. Warren Walker, this city; a sister, Mrs. William M. (Maude) Harrell, city; a brother, Frank G. DeLong, Dayton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The wife, a son (Lawrence Richard), three sisters and a brother predeceased him. Service will be at 2 p. m. Saturday in the Ware Funeral Home with Mrs. Lee Barnhart the reader in a Christian Science service. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after Friday noon. The Elks will have a special service at 7:30 p. m. Friday in the funeral home.”


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  • Created by: Dixons
  • Added: 6 Jan 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 140978981
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel King DeLong (20 Feb 1878–31 Oct 1956), Find A Grave Memorial no. 140978981, citing Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Dixons (contributor 47506819) .