Delaware and Hudson Canal telegraph

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Telegrapher

New York, NY, United States
vol. 11, no. 488, p. 278, col. 3

The Delaware and Hudson Canal Co.'s Telegraph

System. - New Western Union Wires. - Reconstruction

of the W. U. Lines on Harlem R. R. - A Telegrapher

Elected to the Assembly. Bulls, &c.


ALBANY, N. Y., Nov. 9.


WHEN the Delaware and Hudson Canal Co. secured the control of the Albany and Susquehanna railroad, a. few years ago, they also obtained the exclusive management of the telegraph which was connected with it; this consisted of one wire between Albany and Binghamton, a distance of 142 miles. This wire terminated in the Western Union office at this place, and also at Binghamton, and business was sent and chocked direct by the Western Union. When the D. & H. C. Co. assumed the control of this line its connection with the Western Union was broken, and its through business transferred to the Atlantic & Pacific Company; shortly afterward a second wire was put up between Albany and Binghamton, and the company commenced doing commercial business on its own hook, in addition to its regular railroad telegraphing. Later the D. & gobbled up the Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad, in connection with which a wire was in use, owned by the Western Union and leased to the railroad company. Last spring steps were taken to extend their telegraph system by the erection of a new two wire line north of Albany. These two new wires have recently beau completed and are now working, one terminating at Ticonderoga, on the New York and Canada railroad, and the other at Rutland, Vermont. The main office of the company in this city is located in the old Susquehanna depot on Steamboat square, presided over by Mr. C. S. Fales.

It also has branch offices at the A. & S. freight house, foot of Green street, Maiden lane passenger depot, Lumber street and Delavan House. A new and handsome set of poles have recently been put up on Broadway, between Steamboat square and State street, by this company.

The completion of the two new northern wires above mentioned gives the Western Union another wire between Albany and Whitehall, which will prove very useful, as the northern business is very heavy during the summer. The wires of the Western Union between New York and Albany Via the Harlem railroad, nine in number, have been thoroughly overhauled and put in first class order. Formerly they were on two sets of poles, but the wires are now transferred to one set of new poles and entirely reinsulated with glass, regular Western Union pattern. The work is now nearly completed, only a few days more being required to finish it. Two northern wires, which were formerly insulated with what is known as the block insulator, are being reinsulated with glass between Eagle Bridge and Rutland, Vt. The glass seems to be the insulator in this part of the country. There is some talk of introducing the American District Telegraph system in Troy, N. Y. I have been unable to learn anything very definite about it, but as the Trojans are a wide-a-wake community, they will no doubt sooner or later have all the modern improvements in their little city. (They don't take THE TELEGRAPHER up there or I wouldn't dare to say "little city.") The right to introduce the system in .his city was purchased some months ago by an Albanian, but nothing more has been done about it as far as can be ascertained.

The following is recorded as warning to all telegraph operators to beware of politics:

Mr. Alfred Leroy, formerly manager of the Cohoes, N. Y., Western Union office, a practical operator, was elected to the Assembly from the fourth district of Albany County at the late election.

Manager W. O. Shelley of Rome. N. Y., has had another young operator added to his family, who is destined to be one of the heavy men; he tipped the scales at eleven and three quarters first time trying.

I have a few city liners in my note book which must be disposed of soon or your correspondent will be gored to death. "S. Sanford, A. M. Sterdam, N. Y." Mr. Sanford is not a master of arts unless perhaps it be the art of making carpets, and his address is usually Amsterdam, N. Y. ("That's the way it came.")

"You had boor come" was transformed into "You had better come" on being repeated. "Wm. P. Cowin" went through a similar operation and came out "Wm. P. Irwin." A message addressed "Berth Adams, Mass.," was returned for better address, which came in the shape of "North Adams, Mass." DOUBLE SIX.


Researcher notes: 
Supplemental information: 
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:January 12, 2006 by: Elton Gish;