The Stone House, 1895|
Photo courtesy of the Sandy Bay Historical Association
In grade school Kaarlo became Karl, an adventurous lad who at age ten started working after school as a tool boy in the Babson Farm Quarry, scrambling up and down ladders with the men's drills for sharpening by the blacksmith. At age twelve he expanded his world riding with the groceries delivery wagon to the Rockport Granite Company stores. A trip as far as Bay View meant the extra treat of staying overnight with colorful companions in a quarry boarding house.
On May 21, 1900, the year Karl was born, the Gloucester Daily Times editorialized about "The Coming Vehicle, Automobile versus Trolley." Karl experienced the paper's forecast that "these auto-coaches give promise to supply a long felt want and will in many instances take the place of barges and trolley cars. They ride easily, are fast and safe when under competent management, and the expense of running will not be very great." Along the way that "long felt want" led to a dream job for young Karl.
|Karl Peterson at the wheel of a 1916 Cadillac Touring Car|
At eighteen he came of age as a motorman with the Bay State Street Railway Company. His name was further anglicized to Carl.
trolley conductor, 1918|
|Carl's Union book|
|En route to Fitchburg, early 1920s|
|Bus driver Carl with brother Axel|
|Carl in his 1917 Model T Ford|
|Carl, cross-country traveler in Indiana 1923|
|Vehicles lined up at the entrance to Yellowstone|
|Carl at the wheel of a Park bus|
|One-wheeler in the chromium mine|
|Carl and Axel in Red Lodge|
|Axel and Helena, Carl and Lillian|
|The 1924 Buick Special that brought them home|
|Lil has her first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean|
|Carl reminiscing with Barbara Erkkila, 1987|
With appreciation to the recollections and archives of Fred Peterson, including a taped interview between Carl and his grandson Wayne in 1976.