California Genealogy and History Archives
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.
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011