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Pauline Leiner (April 27, 1895 - July 14, 1997) was the first woman in the United States to open a Garage for women only in Boston, MA. Her father, Frederick Leiner, was from Louisiana and her mother, Mary Fienie (died 1953) from New York. In 1916 she moved to Boston from New York with friends. In 1920, at the age of 25, Leiner was living in a boardinghouse in Needham, MA, and working as a gardener. In 1921 she attended the Y.M.C.A. automobile school and graduated. Before opening the garage she was in charge of a farm at Charles River Village. She was single, never married, and would remain single her entire life. At some point she returned to agriculture. When she retired, she was a manager of a dairy farm. She died in 1997 at the age of 102.


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