Bicycle Dreams

by Joseph W. Michels



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/15/2008

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 294
ISBN : 9780595627097
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9780595526550

About the Book

In 1889, twenty-five-year old Lemuel Dearce heads for Chicago where he gets swept up in the country's new craze: bicycles. Hiring on as a worker in a bicycle manufacturing plant, he masters the technology and seeks to apply it as a bicycle repairman. This takes him to Minneapolis in 1893, a city in the full grip of bicycle mania. By 1910, married with three children, he watches his dream of a career in bicycles collapse as the automobile takes center stage. Lemuel then gets caught up in the widespread enthusiasm for scientific farming of dry lands out west. He brings his family to eastern Montana where he files a homestead claim on a desolate patch of prairie. Hardships and separations plague the family. But by 1917 he manages to secure legal title to the land, only to see it devastated by the drought of 1918.

With his dreams in tatters, Lemuel once again searches for a new beginning.

About the Author

Joseph W. Michels is the author of numerous publications of archaeological interest arising from an earlier career as a university professor. The author currently resides in San Francisco where he pursues his new career as a novelist. His first work, Outbound From Virginia, was published in 2007. Bicycle Dreams is his second work.