From the February 1930 issue of Motorcyclist magazine.
Los Angeles, Feb. 1. -Last Wednesday, 29th ult., was a gala day in California motorcycle history. For, on that historic occasion, a governor of California and members of his-cabinet took a personal and leading part in the formal commissioning of a fleet of 80 motorcycles for the new California Highway Patrol. This was the first time in history that a governor of California personally participated in any ceremony in which motorcycles were the featured vehicle.
Out at Exposition Park, in a beautiful setting, 80 glistening white Hendersons were lined up in double file, with the 80 State highway patrolmen, also in their spick new uniforms, standing at attention while they were inspected by Governor C.C. Young and his party and formally turned over to Superintendent Eugene Biscailuz, head of the California Highway Patrol.
The men who were assigned to this first unit of machines for the new State patrol, came from the Southern counties of the State, and were ably directed during the ceremonies of inspection and delivery by Inspector-at-Large Otto Langer, former commander of the San Diego County unit, the largest in the State organization.
The governor and his party personally greeted every officer and wished him all success. Those accompanying the governor during the inspection exercises were Supt. Biscailuz, of the patrol organization, Asst. Supt. Roy Youngblood, Inspector Otto Langer, B.B. Meek, director of public works, Sheriff W.I. Traeger, of Los Angeles, County, and Chief of Police Roy Steckel, of Los Angeles.
There were three movie outfits shooting stills and taking sound pictures, which will be shown throughout the country on the news reels.
Taking a prominent part in the event was Lieut. Thos. S. Lofthouse and the Los Angeles city motor patrol which was detailed for escort duty to the State unit, from the time the latter rolled their motors out of the Henderson agency until they left for their respective headquarters.
It was a great day also for the Kemp Bros., Henderson distributors, who realized the valuable publicity accruing from months of unremitting effort to secure this order. They were all present: Bill, Pete, Jack and Dugan, and they were very happy indeed.
70 More Hendersons for Calif. Highway Patrol
Los Angles, Feb. 17. -Paul R. Kemp, president of Kemp Bros., Henderson-Super X distributors, reports the sale of 70 more Hendersons to the California Highway Patrol last week. This makes a total of 150 Hendersons purchased by the patrol executives during the past six months. Delivery of the latest order will be made in ten days or two weeks. However, there will be no formal ceremony connected with this delivery, as was the case with the first unit. State men from the central Coast counties will come here in small groups and ride their machines away informally.