Telegraphic Improvements in Oregon

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Telegrapher

New York, NY, United States
vol. 10, no. 408, p. 111, col. 2-3

Telegraphic Improvements in Oregon.-Another

Happy Man.-An Operator Resigned.




SCARCITY of telegraphic news is our reason for remaining silent so long. Allow me to assure you we have all been finely entertained by the various correspondence in THE TELEGRAPHER; which, by the way, we are greatly pleased to see is improving with each successive issue; and let us urge our brethren to come forward with substantial aid, thus enabling friend Ashley to always keep up his lick.

The W. U. Telg. Co. are preparing to build an entire new line, with cedar posts, glass Insulators, and, strange to say, new iron wire. This line is to replace their old through wire which has been up for ten or twelve years, and has got to be a good deal the worse for wear. The new line will extend from Roseburg, Oregon, to Yreka, Cal., a distance of one hundred and sixty-five miles. Last fall a new line was completed south from Yreka, so, when this new section is completed it will give them an entire new line from San Francisco to Portland. This is something the boys "Long have sought and mourned because they found it not." The last steamer brought up some three thousand glasses and over one hundred and thirty miles of wire, and Sup't Plummer will commence operations in a few days.

A few months ago there was strong talk of a new line from Portland down the Columbia river to Astoria, at the mouth of this river. This is an improvement that is absolutely required, and would remunerate the company very well. Col. Gamble, General Sup't of the W U. Telg., made the citizens of Portland and Astoria a proposition, the exact nature of which we are not conversant with, but we do know nothing has been done in regard to this line lately. The benefit this line would be to commercial interests can hardly be over estimated.

The W U. Telg. Co. are also, I understand, going to repair their through line from Portland to Tacoma, W. T., and from this point build a new line to Victoria. This part of the country is the hardest in the United States in which to keep a line up, on account of the vast forests through which so much of the lines must necessarily run. Heretofore, in winter, it has been next to impossible to keep continuous communication open.

Still another Oregon telegrapher has made an "unconditional surrender" to Cupid. I refer to our old chum, Gus Wheeler, at Salem, Oregon. Gus, it was thought, would never yield to the blandishments of the fair sex, but I will give him credit for holding out very well, considering that he has always been a ladies' man, and has been besieged for the last ten or fifteen years, but at last, finding it impossible to hold out, has capitulated; and we are pleased to hear has [sic] he wheeled into a rich thing, and know he will wheel-her around right.

Mr. C. C. Hogue, late agent and operator at Tenino, W. T., on the Northern Pacific R. R., resigned and went East on the last steamer. Charley is going to Iowa to turn granger and till the soil; thus going into some honest business, as he says. Bye, bye, Charley. "Go the whole Hog(ue) or none."

The weather is beautiful; trees and flowers have been in bloom for four weeks past. Roads splendid for driving. Don't you wish you lived in the country?" Then you would be as happy as WEBFOOT.


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Supplemental information: 
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:December 25, 2005 by: Elton Gish;