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October 17, 2022 Worcester 300 trivia contest

Worcester 300 trivia contest, part 17: Working man

Photo | Courtesy of Worcester Historical Museum Roy Byron

WBJ has partnered with the Worcester Historical Museum to run a year-long trivia contest in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Worcester’s founding on June 14, 1722. Readers should email their answer to the question below by Nov. 10 to or complete the Google Form below to compete for a special year-end prize package.

Working man

Roy Byron (1877-1974) was one of the first auto mechanics in Worcester. He began his career as an automobile salesman but by 1914 operated Byron Motor Car Co., a service garage located behind his parents’ house at 90 Locust Ave. Later, in his 60s, he worked for Pontiac and Packard dealers. Roy was the youngest of two children born to Lewis and Ida Moulton Byron, a Brookfield couple who settled in Worcester after marriage. Roy’s father Lewis worked as a shoe factory operative. At 41, Roy married and soon became the father of a daughter they named Hope. After Lewis Byron’s death in 1923, Roy became head of household at 90 Locust Ave. The1930 census indicates the house, worth $5,000, was owned free and clear, and the family enjoyed the pleasures of a radio set, a fairly new novelty. His mother remained in the household until her death in 1939.

Trivia question: In addition to being a mechanic, what car detailing product did Roy Bryon invent, bottle, and sell?

And the answers to last edition’s question: Chester Herwitz’ business partner in the handbag company Davey’s was his wife Davida.

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