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The Inland School of Telephony, spo- inson, who was in Spokane on an inspeckane, is one of the most successful of the
tion trip, made an interesting address on societies which have been organized in
practical telephone work and telephone the Pacific territory in the past few
service. months for the study of telephony. The school holds regular sessions, which are
The picture of the school here shown well attended. At the meeting on March
was taken on March 27. The names of 27. General Superintendent G. P. Rob- those in the group follow:
First Row–J. C. Waterbury, Mark George, F. J. MacGougan, F. R. Bingham, William Tretner,
V. W. Russell, E. L. Du Bois, Robert Steinbuch. Second Row-Frank Rich, Clyde Gallison, A. 0. Jefferds. D. R. Cheney, C. C. Cassil, Claus Olson.
Chas E. Jordan, Steve Bedlovitz, C. H. Hord and George Richardson. Third Row-E. R. Lundius, Arthur Frampton, Gus Boesche, Earl Green, Howard Waters, J.
Woods, Wm. Patterson, Lloyd Evans, Ivan B. Roscoe, E. G. Rogers, Roby A. Hill Fourth Row—Thos. H. Elsom, M. L. Evans, John Redlin, Harry Green, Stewart Knight, C. W.
Reynolds, G. P. Robinson, H. A Brown, J. V. Marlow, W. E. Buntin, L. F. Gehres, D. P. Reid. Fifth Row-Robert Krueger, A. G. Laughlin, Geo. Bell. Wm. Rydblom, Reginald Norraine,
Frank Martin, C. W Bryant, G. Weeks, B. A. Haab and A. F. Swenson.
Local Managers Entertain. H. Gross, Manager of San Pedro Exchange, and J. M. Kean, Manager of Long Beach Exchange of The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, acted as hosts during the visit of the fleet recently. Among the many visitors were Division Superintendent C. VI. Seeley, City Chief Operator Viss Harris, Chief Operators Miss Lynch and Miss Beard, Assistant Chief Operator Miss Doran and the following Supervisors: Visaps Dugan, Marhan, Grebel. Varquard and Wood: Vessrs. J. E. Franklin. I. Glass, E. Long and F. Spoeri.
Over Mountains by Auto. Division Superintendent Gilkyson and Division Wire Chief Moore met Mr. E. B. Smith of the General Manager's Office in San Francisco at the California State line and traveled with him in an automobile over the route of the longdistance lines as far north as Cottage Crove. They experienced a great deal of difficulty in getting over the mountains south of Cottage Grove: at one point their automobile broke down completely and they had to wire for a new wheel, whiclı came from San Francisco.
May 1, 1908 Showing Relation between Bell Telephones and Population in Exchanges of 300
or more Stations; also Per Cent of Growth since January 1, 1908
Group No. 1. (Population over 100,000.)
Group No. 5. Population 3,000 to 5,000) xLos Angeles 32,342 32,063 14.57 -0.86
786 785 17 44 -0.13 xOakland. 14,492 14.751 11 35 1 81
493 502 11.15 1 2 x Portland 20.117 20,891 14 (2 3.85
296 309 9 66 San Francisco. 35,270 38,913 11.97 10.33
+45 155 10.11 2 23 xSeattle.. 23,190 23,221 13.27
366 3 3 8.51
4 +6 *Dayton (Wn..
520 529 17.63 1 13 *Ellensburg
520 512 12 so -1 54 *Grants Pess
417 459 11.45
10 07 Group No 2 (Population 25,000 to 100,000)
21.90 *La Grande
844 843 18.73 -0.12 *Marysville.
996 999 24 98
0 30 Bellingham 2,659 2,673 10.66 53
11 25 Berkeley. 5,173 5,371 17.93 3.83 *Modesto
742 792 *Fresno
21.41 674 4,394 4,176 17.90 1.87
452 465 10.33 2.85 Sacramento. 5,393 5,605 14.45
681 *San Diego
117 3,954 3,964 11.33 25
423 *San Jose
4 26 6,058
7.60 6,063 18.95 .08.
513 534 12.56 4 (9 Spokane 12,350 13,115 17.49 6. 19
8.39 8,475 8,497 11.33 .26
485 509 16.9.
4 45 Total or average. 48,456 19,764 14.87 2.70
672 701 20.03
4 32 *Salinas..
721 731 16.89 1 39 San Luis Obispo.. 921 939 20.39
1 95 San Mateo.
627 Group No. 3. (Population 10,000 to 25,000)
797 19.93 27.11 xSan Pedro.
389 400 8.89 2 X3 *Santa Clara
382 8.49 2.41 1,038 1,066 10 50 2.70
418 449 9.98 7.42 Alameda 2,596 2.652 13.26 2 16
319 316 10.53 -0.94 Astoria.
415 430 12.29 3 61 Eureka.. 2,138 2,108 16.86 -1.40
4 31 *Everett 2,051 2,026 10.13 -1 22
Total or average...
4 21 *Long Beach 799 992
17,046 14.36 4.96 24.31 x*Pasadena..
4,545 4,463 19.40 -1 80 Reno
Group No 6 (Population less than 3,000)
19 00 8.82
455 462 18 48
1 34 xSan Bernardino.. 1,109 1,087 9.06 -1 98
327 315 17.50 --3.67 xSanta Barbara. 1,308 1,266 10.38 --321
422 18.35 5 27 Santa Cruz 1,255 1.219 11.36 -O 18
780 758 Santa Rosa. 894
21.66 -2 82 985 9.85 10 18
324 306 Stockton.. 3,730
17.00 -5 55 3.802 17.28 1.93
474 481 Vallejo...
26 72 802 909 8.09 0.87
342 Walla Walla.
336 21.00 -1 75 2,434 2,577 12 27 5.88
403 419 20.95 Total or a verage..
3 97 29,546 30,220 12.76 2 28
$ 37 *Foglalurg..
397 403 17.52 1 31 Hillsboro,
313 303 15.13 -3 19 Hollister
306 Group No. 4. (Population 5,000 to 10,000)
314 12.56 2 61 *Lebanon
320 304 20.27 *Lodi
600 Baker City.
3 33 983 1,012
312 311 11 11 - 32 Bakersfield 1,900 1,901 24 51 3 21
504 511 Chico
1.39 853 10.66 MeMinnville.
17.15 20.47 5 76 *Grass Valley.
314 316 15.90 376 30 6.33 1.06
419 430 17.27 *Hanforil.
16. Hoquiam. 551 531 6.89
313 332 11.96 xLewiston
4 99 303 3:19 5.62 1 95
x Port Townsend.
478 23.00 3 16 743 712 11.42 -1 13
*Redwoo | City..
317 325 13 00 *North Yakima.
2 52 1,388 1,169 16.31 5.76
5.71 *Olympia.. 1,154 1.151
470 480 24 00 2 13 x*Oregon City.
300 307 19 19 *Palo Alto..
2 33 984 1,035 12 15 5.18
15.14 3.19 Pendleton 937 950 15.93
50 44 *Petaluma.
3 43 872 SS7 16.13 1.72
Total or average... 12.194 12,430 19.27 1 94 Phoenix..
16 07 5.78
Summary San Rafael..
1,031 1,058 21.16 x Santa Ana 1.053 1.075 13.4.1 2 09 Group No. 1..
125.411 127,812 13 12
3 53 xSanta Monica..
48,456 19,764 14 87
2 70 Tucson 1,002 972 12.15 --2 99 Group No. 3..
29,546 30.220 12.76
25.063 25,657 14 61 ? 37 *Visalia.. 1,020 1.CIS 20.36 - 20 Group No. 5.
16 357 17,016 14.36
4 21 *Watsonville.
12,194 12,130 19.27
1.94 Total or a verage... 23.063 25,657
3 00 *Many suburban subscribers connected.
xExchanges having dual system,
CUPID CORNER. Santa Monica Exchange reports the Office operator, and Mr. Earl Hoff, wedding of one of its operators, Miss Main Office switchboard man. Jeanette Hill, to Mr. Dwight Freeman, of the office presented Mr. and Mrs. who is an employé of the Southern Pa- Hoff with a caraffe and glasses, creamer cific Company at Santa Monica. This and sugar bowl and spoon tray, while the ceremony took place at the home of the girls gave a Haviland chocolate set. bride on April 22nd. Miss Hill was the On May uth Mr. Myron Smith, Cololdest operator, in point of service, in the lector at Reno, surprised many of his Santa Monica Exchange.
friends by going to Sacramento, where Miss Alma Bradley, a popular Colton Cupid played his part in uniting him to girl, who has been an operator at Colton Miss Bessie Youngman of that city. Exchange for several years and popu- Miss Youngman is the youngest daughlarly known as “Dolly” Bradley, was ter of Mr. George Youngman, a capitalquietly married on April 21st to Mr. R. ist of Sacramento. Mr. and Mrs. Smith Buddinger, a young Southern Pacific have rented a cozy little cottage in Reno conductor. The wedding was a complete and started housekeeping. surprise to their many friends in Colton Miss Maud McNally, for the past and San Bernardino, who gave them a three years Chief Operator at Everett, rousing reception upon their return from Washington, resigned her position and the honeymoon trip.
was married on May 6th to Mr. William I wedding of interest to all Main Of- Crosby of Tacoma. The employés of fice Los Angeles employés took place the company tendered Miss McNally an Wednesday evening at 8 p.m., May 20th, elaborate dinner on April 30th, at which at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. they presented a beautiful cut-glass bowl Clark, 446 East 46th street. The bride, and plate. Miss Sara Israel, Assistant Miss Susie Clark, was formerly an em- Chief Operator, succeeded Miss Mcployé of the Cashier's Office, and Mr. P. Nally as Chief Operator, and Miss Anna J. Ramsey, the groom, is at the present Bosley, Toll Operator, was appointed time Chief Tester in the Main Office Assistant Chief Operator. Wire Chief's Department.
Miss Mavme Dieringer, formerly A wedding which took place in Chi- Manager at Buckley. Wash., has left the cago on April 28th and which will inter- service to be married. Miss Dieringer est all Los Angeles telephone people was has been succeeded by Miss Ella Fay, that of Miss Bernice Byshe, daughter of who has been in the employ of this comMr. II. J. Byshe, Manager of the Holly- pany at Buckley for the past year, and wood Exchange, and lIr. Arthur Beve- who prior to that time was in the Seattle lard of the Bell Telephone Company of Office. Chicago. Viss Byshe was well known Miss Ethel Hostetler and Mr. Howard throughout the company, here, having Kirkland, both employés of Portland been employed for the past two years in Main Office, were married in the parlors Vain Office, as operator of the compa- of the Lennox Hotel Thursday evening, ny's Private Exchange. The girls gave April 30th, 1908. this popular young lady a farewell party Miss A. James, emploved in Alameda before her departure for Chicago, at Exchange about five years, resigned her which time they presented her with a position to be married on May 20th to beautiful cut-glass berry dish.
Mr. J. Peterson, a prominent business Another interesting wedding which man of Alameda. Miss James had spent took place in Los Angeles on April 15th most of her girlhood in Alameda, and was that of Miss Jessie Malpuss, a lain had made a host of friends.
tended by representatives of the EngiThe order for the new San Francisco neering, Construction and City DepartPacific Office switchboard, which will
ments for the purpose of discussing concomprise three sections of “A” board ditions and requirements in San Franand four sections of “B” board, has been cisco, many points were brought out placed with the Western Electric Com
which have already had effective results pany. The underground conduit system
toward getting additional facilities where necessary to feed this office was installed
most needed. recently, and it is expected that the underground cable and aerial construction
Rogue River Improvements. work will be started within a short time.
Mr. E. B. Smith, Special Agent, DiThe completion of this office will relieve
vision Superintendent Gilkyson and conditions in West Office District, which
Wire Chief W. D. Moore, while en route means increased efficiency in service.
from California to Portland, outlined a The Construction Department is pre
plan for placing Grant's Pass and surparing to install 100 additional answer
rounding exchanges on a central checking jacks at Fresno, to relieve congested ing system at once. This will involve conditions at that place.
immediate construction of a new copper The old No. 92 keys at Pasadena are
loop from Grant's Pass to Medford; a to be changed to No. 116 keys, thereby
new line from Medford to Gold Hill, and giving this exchange standard equip
a new line from Grant's Pass to Glenment. Three hundred additional mul
dale. It is also probable that Grant's tiple will also be installed shortly. The
Pass will very shortly have a new comConstruction Department has plans for
mon battery switchboard installed in new this work under way.
Central Office quarters which already During the past month 11 “A” sec
have been leased. tions and 6 “B” sections of switchboard The very great need of these new lines in the new Douglas Office, San Fran- in Southern Oregon emphasizes the cisco, have been completed and turned
rapid growth that territory is enjoying. over to the Maintenance Department for
There is probably no place on the Paservice. This will replace all of the re
cific Coast that has gained and deserved maining temporary equipment in old the reputation which the Rogue River Main Office which was installed imme- Valley enjoys. It is fast becoming the diately after the earthquake of 1906. best-known fruit country in Oregon and
The installation of switchboards in the thousands of people are moving into that new office at Sacramento was started section of the country, developing it during the past month.
along all lines. The demand of these The new toll line to Yosemite Valley new immigrants for telephone service was completed May 11th. A novel feat- must be met immediately. The inspecure of this line is the tree construction, tion tour of the above-named officials will 12 miles of circuit being supported al
undoubtedly result in immediate steps most entirely by suspension wires from being taken to provide the facilities for trees.
handling the business that is offered, and Owing to an increased demand for toll Grant's Pass, Medford, Ashland, Central facilities, an additional circuit is being Point and other exchanges will profit string from Merced to Bagby.
accordingly. Considerable toll line construction is
We look before and after, being carried on throughout the territory
And sigh for what is not; at present, particularly in California, and Our sincerest laughter with some pain is in the Portland and Seattle districts.
Our sweetest songs are those which tell of At a conference held May 15th at
Mr. Walter F. Burgess, a telephone who apparently were doing just as they expert who made an elaborate investiga- pleased. Some were reading, and some tion for the city of Chicago of telephone were indulging in animated conversation, systems in Europe, writes interestingly the answering of calls being quite a secin the Meyersdale (Pa.) Commercial. ondary consideration. In Berlin, StockMr. Burgess characterizes European holm and London the surroundings were systems as woefully deficient. The certainly much better, but nothing to be backwardness of Europeans in telephony compared with what I saw in Chicago, has been generally admitted. But this and the operating was terribly slow. I state of affairs has not always been attribute this difference to the fact, that attributed to the fact that the telephone whereas in America the operators' posiplants are operated as public utilities. tion and advancement depend upon her Municipal ownership, the panacea which ability, in Europe the operators, being has proven in so many cases a very
a part of the civil service cannot be disbitter dose, has failed most miserably charged and thus, having obtained a when offered to the telephone business. position for life, have no further incen
It is my opinion, based upon a study tive and rapidly absorb the well-known at first hand, that the stateowned tele- inertia of that department. phone systems of Europe compared with As far as my investigations go, the the telephone systems of this country, telephone systems in this country are both as regards development and from a managed along commercial lines. Rates financial and service standpoint, are woe- are fixed with regard to the actual cost fully deficient, writes Mr. Burgess. So of giving service, improvements are ludicrous is the comparison that it puts adopted as soon as their efficiency has me in mind of the American gentleman been demonstrated, and a plant which, who, when traveling in Asia Minor, in- owing to improvements in the art, has sisted upon the similarity of the rivers become obsolete is at once discarded. in that country with the rivers in Ohio- This is far from being the case in Eubecause there were salmon in both. rope. There the business is conducted
The contrast between the operators is by methods that are neither practical nor most marked. I have been impressed commercial. Considerations which with the intelligence, vim, snap, call it quite foreign to the business enter in. what you will, of the American operator. Rates are fixed without regard to the When I consider the number of calls factors which should govern them. For they handle, their speed and accuracy instance, in Switzerland the same rate is seen to me little short of marvelous. I
charged in Davos, a city of 8,000 inhabiwas astonished at the length the com
tants, as in Zurich, with 150,000 inhabipanies go in looking after their physical
tants. The tendency is also very great welfare. After looking through an ex
to oppose any improvement or change in Chicago I was shown over
change which tends to make additional the operators' retiring rooms. I could not help contrasting the pleasant sur
expenditure necessary. Berlin is now roundings with those of an exchange I
just adopting the common battery sys visited in Paris. There the switchboard
tem after operating for years with a was in an extremely dirty condition, and cumbrous and old-fashioned grounded the switch room had evidently not been line magneto system. Paris is still strugcleaned for days. No retiring or lunch gling along with a miserable and rooms were provided for the operators, hopelessly antiquated system.