at Moundbuilder's Race Track, Newark, Ohio United States of America
Rachel Sturm My grandfather, Jesse Reed Sturm, rode dispatch during his service in the Army during WWI. I have been wanting to find out what make and model of motorcycle was used for this duty. He wrote my grandmother two letters while he was over there. I read them both and in one of them he wrote about being on a mission one day. As he and the other rider came around a short curve in the road he saw a motion picture camera "looking right at me. I didn't know what to do so I looked right back until I had to go on." Over the decades since I read this letter in 1961 and having an art degree with a photography emphasis and another degree in radio, television and film, and loving history as I do, I had wondered whether the film survived. I got the answer when I was participating in a WWI seminar at our county library a few years back. The Saline County Library was one of the few libraries in the country that was chosen as participants. We met once a week in the evenings for, I believe, 6 weeks. It was very interesting! I still have the paperwork that we did. I was made the moderator of one group. One evening while we were watching the video, a short clip was included of two dispatch soldiers on their motorcycles and there my grandfather was, just as he described the event. I came close to screaming and almost fell off my chair! LOL I am going to try and get a copy of that DVD one of these days. If any of you know what motorcycles were used I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know. My grandmother also had his beautiful leather dispatch case. It was in perfect condition. The strap was long and adjustable due to its being worn over one shoulder and across the chest and back and down underneath the opposite arm. The leather case was cylindrical with metal buckles and inside it was a beautiful wooden case that opened at one end by pivoting the end cap to the side.