2016-11-24 / Letters

Family member identifies driver


The omnibus Aileen outside the Fitzpatrick Hotel some years ago. The omnibus Aileen outside the Fitzpatrick Hotel some years ago. TO THE EDITOR:

If anyone would like to know the name of the black man driving the trolley car, the omnibus Aileen, [as described in the Rapid Transit article in last week’s edition of this newspaper], his name is William “Bus” Smith.

My mother, Doris Booker, used to tell us that he worked for Mr. James F. Jackson on his farm and I also think his last job was working for Johnson Builders Supply, right where Regions Bank stands today.

She used to call him “Uncle Bus.” The picture is in the courthouse lobby when you first walk in. His wife was named Mary Smith. They lived in Baltimore, right across from Sim Dill’s house on the corner. He was a deacon of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

His age at death was 103 years. His living descendants of four generations are Autherlene Willis, Carolyn Harper, Ida Mance, Enoch Booker Jr., Johnny Mills Jr., Tom Mills, Doris McLendon, Frank Mills, and Bobby Mills.

IDA MANCE, niece

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