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 William Bright Felker, Jr

William Bright Felker, Jr

Birth
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 3 Sep 1907 (aged 41)
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Plot Block 16
Memorial ID 53922129 · View Source
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WILLIAM B. FELKER, JR. -
He came to Denver in 1881; graduating from Denver High School in 1884; and removing to Leadville, where he engaged in the mercantile business. He was a member of the Leadville Cycling Club, and in 1891, W. B. Felker, and a partner, David La Salle, made a long distance cycling trek from Leadville to Denver, which took three days and covered 213 miles.

In 1895 returning to Denver, he opened the "Felker Cycle Company" which was located at 417 16th Street, Denver, Colorado. With the advent of the automobile, first arriving in Denver in 1899; it was the next year that you would be able to purchase one, that was proudly displayed in the showroom of the Felker Cycle Company.

August 12, 1901 William B. Felker, and his driving partner, Charles A. Yont, became the first to reach Pike's Peak summit; driving a 1899 two-cylinder Locomobile Steamer; climbing 14,119 feet, in just over nine hours.

In 1902 William B. Felker, won a race from Denver to Colorado Springs in an open automobile at 30 miles an hour, achieving a record that was likely to stand for sometime. In that same year W. B. Felker, was fined for driving down Sixteenth Street at fifteen miles an hour; which ordinance provided for not more than eight miles an hour. "Felker Automobile Company" was located at 1531 to 1537 Tremont, Denver, Colorado. In his garages were the largest collection of anyone in the State.

Tuesday, September 3, 1907, the Labor Day celebration, in Denver was a fifty mile endurance race at Overland Park, in which W. B. Felker, would be driving his own car; a big six Stevens car; he was in the lead by one half mile; coming around the turn at the 38 mile mark; when his right front tire blew. It was a tragic accident, and he died instantly on that fateful day.

A man in motion, defined by speed and challenge; left behind a widow and a sixteen year old daughter. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Knight Templar and a Shriner...

Interment Date: 5 September 1907, aged 41 years.

Submitted by Judy Froehlich


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  • Maintained by: Stardust
  • Originally Created by: Joyce Escue Culver
  • Added: 20 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53922129
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Bright Felker, Jr (Jul 1866–3 Sep 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53922129, citing Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Stardust (contributor 47286284) .