On January 31, 2015, will be Curtis Veeder’s 153rd birthday. Curtis Veeder received his first patent at the age of 18 for a new type of bicycle seat. He started his own company in 1895 in Hartford, the Veeder Manufacturing Company, to produce cyclometers – distance trackers for bicycles. The company soon expanded to other counting and precision manufacturing devices. At the time of his death in 1943, Veeder had 169 patents. In the 1950s, the Connecticut Historical Society purchased the property from the Veeder’s family where the society is located today.