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From Milkman to Trolley Conductor in Roxbury.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In 1896 my James Kenney was a milkman, and in 1900 he is listed as a Conductor for the B.E.R.R.?  I am not sure what he may have been in charge of?


Answer: In 1900 your ancestor was an employee of the Boston Elevated Railroad / Railway.  It was the parent organization of the "T" which many visitors today use the Green Line subway to reach NEHGS.  This streetcar line was operational only a few years when your ancestor went to work for it.  Before that time it was a horse drawn railway, before the streetcars became a common sight on the Boston streets.

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