When Mark and Pat renovated the family home, they discovered an old bicycle hidden under the porch.
It wasn’t any sort of bike to write home about but Mark and Pat wondered about its history.
In the attic they found an old diary in which the bike featured. It seems the onetime owner, Cyrus McGurk, had once ridden the bike across the state in an effort to raise funds for returned solders from World War One.
They then found old newspaper clippings in a box that highlighted the fact the Cyrus had served on the Western Front and been badly injured but luckily for him had fully recovered. Appalled at the state of many veterans upon their return and the lack of care for them, he set out to raise funds to provide better care in his home state at least.
His ten-day ride raised a mere fifty dollars and Cyrus disappointed by his efforts hid the bike under the porch.