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The bicycle and motorcycle trade now engages talent and capital no less noteworthy than those demanded by the automobile trade, with which it is allied. Prominent in this line in Sacramento is William A. Langley, No. 1025 Tenth street. Mr. Langley was born in Abington, Mass., April 9, 1873, a son of Herman A. and Rosette Langley, and while yet quite young was taken by his parents to Astoria, Ore., and there he attended the public school until he was fourteen years of age. Then, young as he was, he went to Shoal Water Bay, Wash., and was for four years employed in a lumber mill. This brings his life story down to 1891, in which year he came to California and, locating at Lodi, engaged in the bicycle trade, operating a store there till 1900, when he came to Sacramento. Here he has continued in the same line, having the sole agency for the Excelsior autocycle and the Pierce motorcycle.

The machines handled by Mr. Langley are considered as good as any in the market, and so thoroughly does he understand their construction and operation that, having the confidence of the buying public, he is able to sell them against any and all competition. A feature of his business is the repairing of bicycles and motorcycles. In his repair department he employs only skilled workmen, and his materials are as good as can be obtained, while his charges are as reasonable as are consistent with good service and the adequate profit essential to the success and permanency of any business of whatever character.

On May 10, 1902, Mr. Langley married Miss Ellen V. Price of Sacramento. He is credited by those who know him well with the possession of an admirable public spirit which so influences him as to make him a liberal and helpful citizen, alive to the best interests of the community. In his political affiliation he is a Republican. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011