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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceTed's new taxi cab pictured on High Street, Willimantic in February, 1923.
 
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."
 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.
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.  

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.  

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.  

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 

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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