People of Brookline

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James Christopher Lyons, Brookline Fireman (1868-1911)
His family moved to Brookline in the early 1870s and lived in the Village on Boylston St. He was married in 1895 at St. Mary’s Church, lived at 42 Walter Ave., and he worked as a gas fitter for Cousens Bros. in Brookline Village. In April 1899, he applied to the town for the position of Inspector of Gas Fitting. This application was presumably unsuccessful as he joined the Brookline Fire Department shortly after that, starting as a hoseman at Station G. on Washington St. across from the library. By 1905, he was an engineer for steam engine #1 at the fire station at the corner of High St. and Lower Washington St. He died from nephritis, at age 42, at his home at 771a Boylston St. where he lived with his wife and four children.