August 2, 1943: On her first trip as conductorette (as they were called at the time), Louise M. Henshon, of Somerville, helped customers from Lake Street to Lechmere Square. Eight conductorettes were hired and trained by the Boston Elevated to ease the manpower shortage brought on by the war. They made history as the first women conductors on the line. A former cosmetic seller, Louise had a brother in the Navy and a fiancee stationed in Guadalcanal.