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Lindon Brooks – Pioneer of Motormen – 1935

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Mr. Lindon Clark Brooks – Drove the first Trolley Car

His obituary ran on Page 5 of the January 16, 1935 edition of the Border Cities Star, exactly 80 years ago, last Friday.

“Windsor’s first street car motorman – and, incidentally, the first street car motor man on the North American continent – died early this morning at his home, 656 Goyeau street, following a long illness. He was Lindon Clark Brooks, familiarly known among his many friends as “Old Lin” and he had reached the mature age of 81 years. He was buried at Windsor Grove.

Lindon was the operator on the inaugural run from Walkerville to the British American Hotel on what is today Riverside and Ouellette on May 24, 1886. Regular operations begun on June 3, 1886.

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