These ribbons belonged to Leon Walbridge
Hammond. Mr. Hammond was a member of the Batavia Wheelmen, circa
1891in Batavia, New York. It was very common during that time period
that if you attended a L.A.W. (League Of American Wheelmen) annual meet
or any other large meet or race, you would bring ribbons representing
your own club and exchange them with other clubs attending the same
event. The article below describes the formation of the Batavia Wheelmen
and his elected position to Secretary.
According to a May 5, 1891 article in the Batavia Daily News, Batavia,
New York, ďA meeting of bicycle riders was held last evening and a club
organized. The following are the officer's elected:
President, O.C. Steele; Vice President, Fred Foster; Secretary, L. W.
Hammond; Treasurer, Burt Jones; Trustees, Edward Ackes, George Bigelow,
Burt Spafford; Captain, Fred Foster; First Lieutenant, Charles A.
Weaver; Second Lieutenant, Edward Aches; Bugler, Charles Lorish; Color
Bearer, Charles Thomas. A committee was appointed to engage
suitable rooms for the club, which are expected to be furnished in good
style. It will be the headquarters of Batavia riders, and out of
town riders will be welcome at any time. The charter fee was fixed
at 50 cents which will be held open until June 1st, after which it will
be $1.00. The club will be known as the 'Batavia Wheelmen'".