In 1891, the moderator of Braintree's Town Meeting appointed a five-member committee to
study the feasibility of bringing electric lighting to the town. As chairman of that group,
Thomas A. Watson began compiling information on the
subject. The committee reported back that Braintree was the only town along the Old Colony
Railroad route from Boston to Scituate that did not have streetlights. Lack of electric lighting,
the committee found, was the only negative to Braintree's continued expansion and development.
It said the cost of a lighting system was a good investment, "sure to return dividends in
increase of population and value of real estate."
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history, or click on a date below.
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Parts of this history were excerpted from a document written by Eva T. Gaffney,
former communications consultant to BELD, and Marjorie P. Maxham, librarian/archivist
for the Braintree Historical Society.