On January 14, 1917, Eugen Grace was married to Anna J. Canning at St. Monica’s Church in Manhattan.

Anna was born in Athenry, Galway on 29 October 1892, the daughter of Murty Canning and Theresa Quinn. 

She arrived in Boston on October 26, 1911 at the age of 19 years from Queenstown, Ireland on a ship named Ivernia.  On the ship’s manifest she lists her closest relative in Ireland as her father, Murty.

We don’t know how her path crossed with that of Eugene Grace, but by the time she was 24 years old, the two were married.  They lived together in a Manhattan apartment at 306 East 83rd Street.

As of 1918, Eugene was a ship fitter’s helper at the Standard Shipbuilding Corp. on Staten Island.  By the 1920 census he lists himself as employed by the BRF railroad as a laborer. 

This may be the time when he a conductor for one of the trolleys that travelled over the Queensborough bridge. 

Queensborough bridge trolley: