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Treasure in the Attic: Antique motorcycle is worth hundreds at auction

November 1, 2010
Marietta Times

When the Parkersburg Sentinel first started out as a weekly newspaper on July 17, 1875, by its owners, R.E. Horner, proprietor, and John W. Horner, editor, newspaper delivery was delivered on motorcycles. One of these motorcycles made by the Thor Motorcycle & Bicycle Company of Parkersburg was found recently in need of repair in a barn at Walker, W.Va., where it had been sitting for 107 years. The owner of the motorcycle today has plans on restoring the motorcycle to its original condition, if parts can be found. The Thor Motorcycle Company went out of business in Parkersburg in 1920. Copake Auctions who specialized in buying and selling antique bicycles and motorcycles have shown interest in the motorcycle. Thor motorcycles made in Parkersburg are collector items today and worth several hundred dollars in good condition at auction.



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