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Cumberland, Maryland (Streetcars and Buses)

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A Cumberland & Pennsylvania coal train jammed into the streetcar, turning the car around parallel with the railroad tracks. Heeding the warning given by crossing watchman Hodel and Lieutenant Schmutz of the B&O Railroad police, all on the crowded car succeeded in escaping injury by jumping from the car before impact. One woman who was on the streetcar platform was knocked to the crossing bed and was injured, although not seriously. John J. Green was motorman and Luther Schinholt was the conductor.

On April 15, 1902, the motormen and conductors of the Cumberland Electric Railway Company began working a twelve hour day. They had been working longer hours.

On May 5, 1902, streetcar #16, with motorman Peter Cosgrove and conductor Miller in charge, had a recordbreaking day. The car hauled 1,045 people from early morning until 12:30 AM. The record was set because of the showing of the Forepaugh and Sells Brothers Circus in North Cumberland.

On August 8, 1902, car fenders for the Cumberland Electric Railway arrived and were attached to the cars as soon as they could be fitted. They were the latest invention in the line of life saving devices, being known as the parmenter, and were warranted to gently lift up the confused or careless wayfarer out of harm's reach.

On October 14, 1903, a grievance committee from the local streetcar employees' union called on the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Electric Railway Company and asked for shorter hours of labor. The men were working twelve hours per day and asked for a ten-hour day. On October 27, 1903, the Cumberland Electric Railway Company announced that the streetcar company had granted the employees their request to work a ten-hour day instead of the twelve


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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