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Chips Off The Old Sierras' Blocks

   by Ron Souza


For nearly 15 years, I have been involved with research on a high Sierra telegraph system that had serviced some of the early gold mining communities during the 1850's...

In 1981, while making an exploratory trip in the area, I had found a side bracket in a cedar tree. This bracket had an angular hole drilled into it to ...                    [more]


Russian Insulator Report, 1994

   by Donald M. Fiene


Against all odds, I managed to squeeze in one last trip to Russia before I retire in 1995. I gave a number of lectures on icons at a seminar in Moscow from June 11 through June 26. All my expenses were paid, plus I got a big check besides. It was basically the National Endowment for the Humanities that ...                    [more]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish


There has been a tremendous response to my new book, Fred M. Locke: A Biography. There is a sufficient quantity of the soft cover edition but only 87 volumes of the hard cover edition were produced. Advance orders for the limited hard cover edition were shipped about August 7th. By the time you read this in CJ, all hard cover books probably will have been sold. Many of the hard cover ...                    [more]


Bea Lines

   by H.G. "Bea" Hyve


Follow the beeline this time to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where we're all set to interview Timothy S. Sternke. We've known Tim for probably 20 years, and he's a nice person and a good friend. So I thought that the readers of Crown Jewels of the Wire might like to learn more about him. 

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The N.W. & B.I.T. Co

   by Mark Lauckner


The New Westminster and Burrard Inlet Telephone Company, and the rapid spread of telephone use in western Canada during the 1880's was, of course, sparked by Robert Burns McMicking. McMicking was an "overlander", accompanying his brother when drawn from the east by the great Cariboo gold rush in northern ...                    [more]

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