Publication: Electrical Review and Western Electrician
Chicago, IL, United States
To the Editor:
Your articles of thirty years ago recall old times. I remember when the Bankers & Merchants Company was trying to get wires into the downtown district. I was a lineman at that time and assisted in stringing two No. 6 iron wires between Chicago and Cleveland. The Postal-Telegraph Cable Company at that time had a single wire between Chicago and New York. Telephone toll lines at that time were very few, and of short distance. There were no long lines.
I also assisted in building a single-wire telephone line between Defiance and Toledo, O., along the old canal. I have often wished I could go back over the same routes and see how many hundreds of wires are now there. I can remember taking wooden insulators off of telegraph lines and replacing them with the single-petticoat glass type. I have one of these old wooden insulators now in my tool box. (See illustration.) I do not believe there are many of them in existence.
O. P. Sammons.
Denison, Tex., April 7, 1913.