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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:

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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

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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

Albany

786 785 17 44 -0.13 xOakland. 14,492 14.751 11 35 1 81

Anacortes.

493 502 11.15 1 2 x Portland 20.117 20,891 14 (2 3.85

Anaheim

296 309 9 66 San Francisco. 35,270 38,913 11.97 10.33

Asbland.

+45 155 10.11 2 23 xSeattle.. 23,190 23,221 13.27

13
Chehalis

366 3 3 8.51
Total or average.
125,411 129,842 13.12 3.53

(olton..
343 39 11.97

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)

x Hollywood.

614 657

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

Medford

370

412
10.84

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

Monterey

452 465 10.33 2.85 Sacramento. 5,393 5,605 14.45

3.93
*Oroville

681 *San Diego

689 15.31

117 3,954 3,964 11.33 25

Red Bluff

423 *San Jose

441

4 26 6,058

7.60 6,063 18.95 .08.

Redding.

513 534 12.56 4 (9 Spokane 12,350 13,115 17.49 6. 19

Richmond.

477 *Tacoma

517 14.77

8.39 8,475 8,497 11.33 .26

*Ritzville..

485 509 16.9.

4 45 Total or average. 48,456 19,764 14.87 2.70

*Roseburg

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

373 Aherdeen...

382 8.49 2.41 1,038 1,066 10 50 2.70

x*The Dalles.

418 449 9.98 7.42 Alameda 2,596 2.652 13.26 2 16

Ukiah..

319 316 10.53 -0.94 Astoria.

887
908 7.90 2 37
x Ventura

415 430 12.29 3 61 Eureka.. 2,138 2,108 16.86 -1.40

*Woodland

719
750 21.43

4 31 *Everett 2,051 2,026 10.13 -1 22

Total or average...
16,357

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

1,746
.900

Group No 6 (Population less than 3,000)

19 00 8.82
x*Riverside..
2,215 2,330 20.26

5.19
x*Alhambra

455 462 18 48

1 34 xSan Bernardino.. 1,109 1,087 9.06 -1 98

X*Arcata.

327 315 17.50 --3.67 xSanta Barbara. 1,308 1,266 10.38 --321

*Auburn

401

422 18.35 5 27 Santa Cruz 1,255 1.219 11.36 -O 18

*Collax

780 758 Santa Rosa. 894

21.66 -2 82 985 9.85 10 18

Colusa.

324 306 Stockton.. 3,730

17.00 -5 55 3.802 17.28 1.93

*Cottage Grove

474 481 Vallejo...

26 72 802 909 8.09 0.87

*Ferndale

342 Walla Walla.

336 21.00 -1 75 2,434 2,577 12 27 5.88

x*Fullerton.

403 419 20.95 Total or a verage..

3 97 29,546 30,220 12.76 2 28

x*Glendale.

442 479

31.93

$ 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

620
14.46

31 00
2 05
Madera

312 311 11 11 - 32 Bakersfield 1,900 1,901 24 51 3 21

*Marshfield

466
*Centralia
313

479 19.92
321 5.5 2 56
*Merced

504 511 Chico

20.14

1.39 853 10.66 MeMinnville.

332 *Eugene..

331 1.355

343 1,133

17.15 20.47 5 76 *Grass Valley.

Newberg

314 316 15.90 376 30 6.33 1.06

xOntario.

419 430 17.27 *Hanforil.

1,014 981
19.12 -3.25
*Orange..

402

122

16. Hoquiam. 551 531 6.89

*Pomeroy

313 332 11.96 xLewiston

008 936
13.37 3.08
*Porterville

441 Moscow..

40 79

4 99 303 3:19 5.62 1 95

x Port Townsend.

462 Хара.

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

x*Santa Maria..

403 426

5.71 *Olympia.. 1,154 1.151

15 32
15.35 -O 26
*Selina

470 480 24 00 2 13 x*Oregon City.

663 695
13 90 4.83
Sprague

300 307 19 19 *Palo Alto..

2 33 984 1,035 12 15 5.18

x*Tulare.

360 374

15.14 3.19 Pendleton 937 950 15.93

2 03
x*l'plands.

495

50 44 *Petaluma.

512

3 43 872 SS7 16.13 1.72

Total or average... 12.194 12,430 19.27 1 94 Phoenix..

1,141
1,207

16 07 5.78
*Salem
2.010 2,100 26.25

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..

893
907 11.34 1.57 Group No. 2..

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

22 *Vancouver

921 052
18.29 3 37 Group No. 4..

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.

695
697 13 91 0.29 Group No. 6.

12,194 12,130 19.27

1.94 Total or a verage... 23.063 25,657

14 61
2 37
TOTAIS..
257,027 264.959 1? )

3 00 *Many suburban subscribers connected.

xExchanges having dual system,

-Loss

2 63

The men

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.

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Construction Notes.

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.

fraught;

Our sweetest songs are those which tell of At a conference held May 15th at

saddest thought.

SHELLEY

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.

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