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Effie Hotchkiss Effie Hotchkiss

Achievements:
With her mother Avis became the first women to cross America on a motorcycle in 1915.

Effie Hotchkiss was born in New York City in 1894. She bought her first motorcycle--a Marsh & Metz--at the age of 16. In 1915, she bought a Harley-Davidson twin and decided to ride to San Francisco to see the Pan Pacific Exposition. Effie's mother, Avis, joined her in a sidecar, and the pair became the first women to cross the United States with a motorcycle, completing a 9,000-mile round-trip in six months. Their equipment was held to an absolute minimum, including tent, blankets, pots, pans, two rubber ponchos--which served as both riding cloaks in the daytime and sleeping robes at night--a pistol, a medicine kit, an ax and a toolbox. At one point they stuffed their tires with blankets because all of their inner tubes had been destroyed by punctures.

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491 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215
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Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm
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7754 St. Rt. 37 E., Sunbury, OH 43074
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12477 E. Broad St. SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
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Sunday: 11am-4pm

On February 26th, 2012 A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson celebrated their 100th year in business. As America's oldest Harley Dealer, we invite you to view our pages of history also known as A.D. Farrow Co. Uncrated. There is also a special video from our dealer Principal Bob Althoff on what it means to be 100. Please enjoy A.D. Farrow Co. Uncrated.

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