George Hetley was the son of Henry Hetley, a stained glass manufacturer, and Cornelia Hetley (née Lewis). George married an American widow, Jenny Eakin Stevenson, in Paris on 19 September 1884. He was a member of several lawn tennis and sports clubs in Paris, including the Société Sportive de l’Île de Puteaux, the Stade Français and the Decimal Boating (and Lawn Tennis) Club; at one point he was also president of the last-named club. For most of the 1890s, he earned his living as a commercial agent for several brands of bicycle made in Great Britain. In this respect, his company name was Cycles Le Globe/Globe Cycles, and its premises were located on rue Garnier in the western Parisian suburb of Neuilly. A huge fire that broke out on 2 September 1897 destroyed most of the building in Neuilly and left George Hetley in severe financial difficulties. He appears to have left the bicycle business soon after this occurrence.
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