First Taxi

First Taxi Service

  According to, "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'...". During the summer of 1915, his taxi fare was $0.10 for one way within the city. In 2023 that is the equivalent to $2.96. His taxi service ended in 1938 when he got hired to be the superintendent of the Willimantic waterworks.