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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceTed's new taxi cab pictured on High Street, Willimantic in February, 1923.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi Service"Ted Marrotte (1894-1965) introduced Willimantic's first taxi, or jitney service in February 1915. Ted trained as a plumber, and gained a reputation of being somewhat of a mechanical genius, thus his name, "Tinker Ted." Ted is pictured here with that first taxi on Valley Street, Willimantic."
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceThe summer of 1915, and Ted's convertible taxi has its top down. Fares? 10 cents one way within the city.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceWhen Ted Marrotte was 21, his father Arman Trudeau, a well known local grocer, loaned him the money to purchase the city's first taxi cab, and launch the first motorized jitney service. Here is Marrotte's business card.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceTed's children are pictured in his taxi, in the yard of his 100 High Street house. Note the hard rubber spare tire. Ted's children are pictured in his taxi, in the yard of his 100 High Street house. Note the hard rubber spare tire.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceThe Marrotte household at 100 High Street was demolished in 1949 because of building projects at the Willimantic State Teacher's College. Ted is pictured here laying a new drive in 1937. Note the old Willimantic Normal School in the background.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceThe Marrotte family purchased a summer home on Lake Coventry in the 1920s. Ice fishing was a favorite winter pastime. Marrotte (right) and his father-in-law Arman Trudeau dsiplay their catches, circa 1925.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceTed Marrotte's taxi service eneded in 1938 when he was hired as superintendent of the Willimantic water works. During World War two Marrotte worked at Pratt and Whitney. After the war he was employed as a plumber and handyman, and from 1954 until 1959, Marrotte established "Tinker Ted's tinshop" at Sturbridge Village, where he made vintage tin utensils using age-old methods. He is pictured here at his Sturbridge Village workshop in the mid 1950s.
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Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic ChurchSt. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church was built in 1876 on Jackson Street, financed by the borough's first and second generation of Irish-Americans. Up until the Civil War, Catholic church services had to be held in secret. A Belgium missionary, Father Florimond de Bruycker was also a central figure in the building's construction.
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World War I - Welcome HomeIn August, 1919, Willimantic held a Welcome Home parade for the veterans of World War I. In the foreground are Reserve Corps Medical Officers. Willimantic's Company "L", Second Infantry, CTARNG follows in platoon formation. Behind them are servicemen of other outfits. Lieutenant James J. Lee was in command.
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Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), prepares to leave Willimantic on June 24, 1916. They had been called to duty for the Mexican American Border War. President Wilson activated National Guard troops to reinforce garrisons along the border. On the morning of June 24th the Willimantic Fire Bell gave a "two hours 'til assembly" alert. People gathered at the Pleasant Street Armory. With all church bells ringing, government leaders, the police force and Wheeler's American Band escorted the troops to the train station. Note the troops and their gear. What we found really interesting about the pic is the fact that you can see the expressions on so many faces. Look toward the lower middle of the photo, for example, and notice the soldier shaking hands with another man. Then just below and to the left of that (near the train) is a couple talking to a soldier while a girl looks on...perhaps his parents and sister. Our soldiers from Willimantic were in Nogales for only a short period of time. Company L apparently didn't see any fighting but several soldiers sent letters back home complaining about the conditions they had to live in. Company L returned to Willi before the year's end and their return was a celebrated as their departure with the ringing of church bells, the fire bell, parades and, of course, speeches. They were mustered out of Federal service on October 24, 1916.
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Dahl Oil's Cities Service StationButch Ives provided some information about the photo. The Dahl Oil Cities Service station was located at the corner of Main and Wilson Streets. The building at the extreme right is the old Ives Bros. Ice & Oil Company.
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Sussman's Super ServiceAt the time of the photo, the service station at 1125 Main Street was owned by Morris Sussman. Besides Sussman's Super Service, other businesses located there throughout the years include Ben’s Dependable Used Cars , Potters Oil Burners, Willimantic Auto Repair and Kelley’s.
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Fred's Fruitland. Fred's Fruitland was run by the Calise Brothers and was located at Cardinal Square in Sodom. It is remembered by many for the quality of the produce sold there and the high degree of friendly customer service. We aren't sure which of the men in the picture is Fred and we don't know his brother's name. Any information would be appreciated.Pic of the Week - November 8, 2012.
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The Rosen Family.Pic of the Week - April 4, 2013. This picture was taken around 1915 on the corner of Mayo and Lafayette Streets. Frank and Bertha Rosen are the couple in the center of the picture. Their children (left to right) are Morris, Adele, Alice, Molly, Anna and Haskel . Among the Rosen’s business interests were the Windham Super Service Gas Station, an auto parts store and Eastern Live Poultry. Visit our Forum to read more information from a family member who saw the picture in the Chronicle. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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Selleck's Service Station - Pic of the Week February 19, 2015This was the service station run by Sterling Selleck on Route 14 in Windham Center. The pumps and sign are gone but the building is still standing.
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