Eighteen ninety-six was a year of interest for iron game followers. Mark Berry was born that year, as was Joseph Moquin, who would later own, then trade, the Cyr dumbell to the York Barbell Company in exchange for one of their revolving barbell sets. April Fool’s Day was the setting for the strength match-up between Louis Cyr and August Johnson. Nearly two months later Cyr would perform a backlift with 4300 pounds, and, a couple days following that, Hans Beck would continental, then jerk 347 l/2. In the autumn, Max Dauthage squatted 220 l/2 for 50 consecutive reps.