Black Bicycling Champion

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US-GCS DCL Coll-284 Row A CITY Grinnell Stories-2021-10-20

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Black Bicycling Champion



Grinnell Stories blog by Dan Kaiser
Leo Welker
Bicycling, Black student at Grinnell

Post title: Grinnell’s Black Bicycling Champion

Date published: October 20, 2021

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Drake Library Archive Digital File Name: Grinnell Stories/ 2021-10-20 Grinnell's Black Bicycling Champion

Summary: Leo Welker was a victorious cyclist known by Iowans as the “bicycle racing phenom”. He began attending the Iowa College Academy in 1896 and graduated in 1903 with a major in Biology and Chemistry. His bicycle years were short-lived due to an alleged claim that Welker raced for money, making him a professional who therefore could not participate in amature competition. The Inter-Collegiate Games Committee accepted the allegation and declared him ineligible. After graduation, he attended and graduated from Harvard University Medical School.

Battles, Alice
Welker, Frankie (Frances) Caldwell,
Cochran, Walter A.
Coombs, Maria
Dr. E.S. Evans
Freeman, Welker O.
Gates, George
Iowa College Academy
Lewis and Harriet Hayden Scholarship
Leo, Winifred
Simms, Herbert
Sweeny, Ernest
Welker, Leo
Welker, Alice (Pruet, Alice before marriage)

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