[messengers] Dallas' Earliest Bike Messengers included Clyde Barrow

Date: 4 Apr 2010 16:22:54 +0200
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>

Dallas' Earliest Bike Messengers
By Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
This is a picture of my wife’s grandfather, Gordon
Mackenzie, as a young Western Union messenger boy in Dallas circa 1923 (third from left). Gordon
died last year at the age of 96 but was a messenger from the age of 12 to 14.
He’d tell us stories about his Western Union
days, and wearing down three different bicycles while working for the company.
His bicycle of choice was a Pierce-Arrow which was outfitted with a shaft drive
instead of a chain. 
The interesting twist to the story here is that Clyde
Barrow also worked for the Western Union as a
bike messenger. Gordon didn’t remember if they worked together, but considering
they were only a year apart in age, the likelihood is high. He mentioned
several other interesting Bonnie and Clyde
connections, including the fact that he’d purchase his bikes at a shop on Akard
run by Smoot Schmid. 
Smoot would later become Sheriff of Dallas and lead the
manhunt for the Barrow Gang. Also, Gordon remembered that Ted Hinton, later to
become the youngest officer in the Bonnie and Clyde ambush, would come by in
the evenings on his motorcycle and pick up his mother who worked as a
bookkeeper at the Western Union. He said that
all the boys would laugh when they’d see her sitting on the back of that
motorcycle driving off.

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