Manchester New Hampshire Shoemaker, Mechanic, Harley Motorcycle Dealer, Motorcycle Club Founder: Joseph Exilia Forest (1880-1929)

Photograph of George Forest sitting on a "Pete Forest Roamers" marked motorcycle. Taken Jul;y 1935 by Berwin H. Webster. Photograph copyright Janice W. Brown (watermarked).

Photograph of George Forest sitting on a “Forest’s Roamers” marked motorcycle. Possibly that is George’s mother, Martha Forest in the white dress. Taken and dated July 1935 by Berwin H. Webster (the author’s father). Photograph copyright Janice W. Brown. All Rights Reserved. (watermarked).

This year (2015) is the 100th Anniversary of the Manchester (NH) Motorcycle Club. Though this club officially lists its birthday as 1915, it’s technically 19 years older, as it began as a bicycle club in 1896 created by Joseph E. Forest. They are planning their 100th Anniversary Party on July 18,  2015.

According to the club’s official history, “Mr. Forest branched his bicycle dealership to Manchester’s first Harley Davidson Dealership in 1914. In 1915 he formed the “Forest Riders” [Editor’s note: this should actually say “Forest’s Roamers,” see photograph above] which was also chartered with the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) at that time. As the club evolved over the years, the name was changed to the “Manchester Motorcycle Club”, which was incorporated in 1943.”  Continue reading