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Wanted. - A young lady as telephone operator. Apply at once at Cumberland telephone office. Laf. Adv. 1/3/1903.

Office of Western Union Moved. - Monday the office of the Western Union was moved into the Gordon Hotel, where they have secured quarters in the lobby. A plain but elegant compartment desk and railing combined enclose the space allotted and makes a comfortable and convenient office. Operator Raphael Thompson is greatly pleased over the change.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1905.

Wm. Broussard, who was for a long time manager of the Cumberland exchange at this place, was in Lafayette Sunday. Laf. Adv. 1/6/1904.

St. Martinville & The Cumberland.
 St. Martinville should be commended for having resisted the unreasonable demands of the Cumberland Telephone Company. As soon as the company had gained a foothold in the town and felt secure in its monopoly of the telephone business it proceeded to dictate terms to the community, but the people were not inclined to be imposed upon and threatened to withdraw their patronage from the exchange if they were not accorded fair treatment. We don't know how it has resulted, but we have no doubt that the people will win out if they stand together. Corporations should be taught that while they are entitled to their rights they will not be permitted to violate the rights of the people with immunity. Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

Miss Annie Smith, of Houma, is night operator at the telephone exchange. Miss Smith arrived Sunday and entered upon her duties Monday night.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Mr. John I. Magee, night telegraph operator here, left for his home at Jackson, Miss., on the 10th inst., for as short vacation. The Advertiser wishes Mr. Magee a most pleasant visit. Laf. Adv. 1/13/1894.

Private Phone Line.
A private telephone line has been put up by the Cotton Compress Co., from their office to Washington and Opelousas. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1899.

Racing News.
Pellerin Bros., have put up a black board which records daily the race winners at New Orleans Louisiana. The news is received by special telegraph and telephone lines. Bets are occurring daily. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1899.


To Be Added to the Institute Course, Beginning Jan. 25.

t has been announced that a Department of Telegraphy will be added to the courses of study at the Southwestern Industrial Institute, beginning at the opening of the second term of the present session, Monday, Jan 25, inst. The establishment of this department arises as a result of the opinion expressed by General Manager Thornwell Fay, of the Southern Pacific road, that such a department was needed here and would be a valuable source of trained and efficient telegraph operators for this and connecting lines. Arrangements are being made whereby one of the Chief Train Dispatchers of the Southern Pacific line at this point may take charge of the new department, without letting it take away any of his regular duty hours in the Dispatcher's office. This arrangement is possible by reason of the fact that President Stephens, of the Industrial Institute, is himself an experienced railroad telegrapher having devoted a number of years to that work in responsible positions on the Texas and Pacific, Iowa Central, and Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroads. He will be able therefore to supplement the work of the Chief of the Telegraph department, and relieve him when necessary. This organization of the department will be an assurance will be an assurance to all railroad companies of the thoroughness of the training received and the full practical preparation to take a position immediately upon finishing the course at the Institute. The course as planned will require two years of study and practice, and will include English, Mathematics, Railroad bookkeeping and Telegraphic practice. Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1904. 

Course in Telegraphy Receives Commendation of Railroad Officials.
It is gratifying to learn of the favor with which the proposed Telegraphy Course at the Industrial Institute is being received in official railroad circles, as evidenced by the following letters: Morgan's La. & Texas Railroad and Steamship Co., Louisiana Western Railroad Company. Office of General Superintnedent.
New Orleans, La., Jan. 15, 1904.
Mr. E. L. Stephens, President,
Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.
Lafayette, La.
Dear Sir:
Your letter of January 8, applying for permission of our Train Dispatcher, Mr. J. I. Hulse, to teach telegraphy in your institution, has been received. I had already received Mr. Hulse's application upon the same matter, and had passed favorably upon it.
I am very glad indeed to know that the State of Louisiana has added this department to the Southwestern Industrial Institute, and I hope that the results will meet with your fondest expectations. There is a steady demand for competent, reliable, and sober telegraph operators.
Yours truly,
T. Fay,
General Superintendent.
East Louisiana Railroad Company Office of Vice President and General Manager.
Covington, La., Jan. 15, 1904.
E. L. Stephens, Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute,
Lafayette, La.,

Dear Sir:
I note with great pleasure that you have established a Department of Telegraphy at the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. In my opinion such work could be in charge of no better man than yourself, as I know from the work you have done as a practical telegraph operator in my service. From the standpoint of a railroad official, I wish to say that I believe that you are thus conferring a benefit upon the children of the State by helping them to learn a business that will be a help to any young man or woman, and also upon the railroads by giving them better employees. Wishing you every success in this undertaking, I remain,
Yours truly,
N. G. Pearsall.
Vice President and General Manager.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1904. 

New Directory.  The Cumberland Telephone Company has issued a new directory correct to Jan. 1, which is being supplied to subscribers.
Laf. Advertiser 1/20/1904.

The building to be occupied by the Hoggsett telephone line as a central office is about completed and ready for occupation. Lafayette Gazette 1/22/1898.

The "Hello" of the telephone is not as sweet as common, owing to Miss Cora Desbrest being on the sick list. Lafayette Advertiser 1/22/1898.

Miss Cora Desbrest is now well enough to take charge of the telephone office. She had been ill for several days. Laf. Gaz. 1/29/1898.

 Henry Giles, the telephone man, was in Lafayette and will remain with us sometime. Laf. Gaz. 1/29/1898

 Be Fair, Brudder. Our esteemed neighbor, The Advertiser, is not at all satisfied with the location of the Western Union telegraph office. Our confrere should be more liberal minded and take a broader view of such matters. The telegraph office was removed from the depot with a view to expedite the telegraphic business of this town and not for the purpose of benefiting any locality. Mr. Clegg was asked to give the free us of an office and he kindly consented to do so. Major West, of the Western Union, visited the town and after consulting with a number of business men, concluded to accept Mr. Clegg's generous offer. The Advertiser seems to labor under the impression that the corporate limits of this place extend only a few yards from its office and that the people living outside those sacred precincts are not supposed to come in for any recognition and are simply "not in it."
In all matters that concern the community at large the interests of no special locality or circle should prevail.
Why, dear brudder, you have the post-office, the telephone office, and other good things right by you and judging from your article your eagle eye is set on the telegraph office. Unless you become just a little more magnanimous people around the Court-house will actually have to get a permit from you folks in order to be able to breathe.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896. 

We failed to mention in our last issue that Hortense Guidry was in charge of the telephone office in the Advertiser building. Strict attention will always be given to messages, and those who want to use the phone themselves will find the charge reasonable. The exchange, we are informed, will be established in a few weeks. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

Success - The Result of Good Management and Satisfactory Service. 

Nothing is more needed in a town than a good telephone service, that is why The Gazette is pleased to note the success of the Cumberland exchange. Six months ago this exchange began business with thirty-four phones; to-day it has one hundred and thirty six. This is the best kind of proof that it has given satisfaction to its patrons. If it had not given satisfactory service it certainly wouldn't have received such fine support at the hands of the community. The success of the exchange is, in a great measure due to the management of Mr. Wm. Broussard, the local representative of the Cumberland.
Three very efficient young ladies, Misses Lucie Judice, Nita Martin and Leila Miller, are in charge of the operating department. All the patrons of the exchange will bear testimony to the efficiency of this department. The Cumberland employs twelve men at this point. These men are kept busy repairing and putting up lines. It will be seen from this that a considerable sum of money is spent here every month by the company.
The long distance features of the Cumberland system is of great importance to the patrons of the line. You can talk from this office to points in seven different States, and it is not necessary to test the full capacity of your lungs to do that. A voice just above a whisper will reach the fartherest point on the line.
No modern town can be without a progressive telephone exchange such as the Cumberland has shown itself to be. The pronounced success of this exchange does not only prove its merits, but also shows that Lafayette is moving along with the march of modern affairs.

Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

The Cumberland telephone was notified to repair that part of the public road leading from Lafayette to Royville, obstructed and damaged by said company's line. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1900.

Telephone Service Expanding.
The long distance telephone is now working through to New Orleans and points beyond. Laf. Gaz. 2/4/1899.

Operator Serret, of the Western Union Telegraph office, has been confined to bed by an attack of la grippe, for several days past. He is reported better, at this writing, and the Advertiser hopes or his early recovery.
 Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1895.

Mr. St. Julien in the chair the following by Mr. Alpha was adopted.
Be it resolved, that J. C. Buchanan Esq. be appointed as one of the Board of Assessors for Railroad, Telegraph and Telephone lines, in accordance with act 92 of the regular session of the State Legislature of  1888.

Laf. Adv. 2/9/1889.

POLICE JURY. The secretary was directed to notify the Cumberland Telephone Company to repair the public road near Royville or same will be done at company's expense. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900.

Miss Anna Smith of Houma is now night operator at the Cumberland telephone office. Laf. Adv. 1/10/1903.

Changes at Cumberland Telephone Co.
 Mr. W. A. Broussard, who has been acting as local general manager of the Cumberland Telephone Company since its establishment of an exchange in Lafayette a few years ago, has resigned his position, and has been succeeded by Mr. H. G. Whitney of McComb City, Miss. The new manager assumed charge of the office Tuesday morning. Mr. Broussard had built for the Cumberland one of the best telephone exchanges in the State, and Mr. Whitney takes charge with more than two hundred subscribers. At the time that Mr. Broussard was given the management, there were twenty-eight subscribers. With the resignation of Mr. Broussard, the Cumberland loses a faithful and energetic employe. Mr. Broussard has made a number of friends in Lafayette, who, with The Gazette, wish him success in whatever field of endeavor he may devote his energies.
Lafayette Gazette 2/14/1903.

The material to be used for the erection of the telephone lines of the Hogsett exchange has been received and within a few days Lafayette will have a first-class telephone service. Laf. Gaz. 2/15/1896.

From a letter received by our fellow-townsman, Mr. B. A. Salles we learn that the telegraph office will soon be removed to the Clegg building. Mr. Salles was the first to move in this matter and it is due to him principally to his efforts that the location of the office has been changed. Laf. Gazette 2/15/1896.

 Cumberland Extending Telephone Lines.Manager Broussard of the local exchange informs The Gazette that the Cumberland Company is extending its line to Alexandria. The line to Lake Charles is also being built and within a short time Lafayette will be in a direct telephone communication with those towns. As soon as possible the line will be continued to Houston and other Texas points.
Lafayette Gazette 2/16/1901. 

Cumberland Telephone Toll Stations Established. 
 On Jan. 1 the Cumberland Telephone Co., established the following toll stations and rates for a three minute conversation:

 Breaux Bridge - 15cts.Broussard - 10 cts.
Duson - 15 cts.
Scott - 10 cts.
Youngsville - 10 cts.

If, however, there are subscribers to the Lafayette exchange in the above towns, there is no charge. The charge is made only when using the toll station phones.

Laf. Adv. 2/17/1904.

 Telephone Service for Lafayette. - F. W. Fleming was here in the interest of the Cumberland telephone. Mr. Fleming's visit was for the purpose of getting subscribers for the establishment of an exchange in this town. We understand that the exchange will be in operation next month. Laf. Gazette 2/18/1899.

POLICE JURY. - By motion M. C. C. Brown was appointed assessor for railroads, telegraph and telephone lines for the year 1897, and authorized to represent Lafayette in pursuance of Act 82 of 1888. Laf. Adv. 2/20/1897.

Lyle of New Iberia has charge of the telephone exchange.
Laf. Adv. 2/20/1897.

Telephone Growth.

The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company has issued statement of its business for the month of January, and the increase in the number of subscribers is shown as follows:

Number of Subscribers Jan. 1st, 1905.....121,313.
Number added during month.....4,196
Number discontinued during month.....2,959.
Net increase for month.....1,237.
Total number subscribers January 31st, 1905.....122,550.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905. 

Phone 239-2 and a hear a funny story. That's Buquor, Fashionable Tailor.
Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.

It Comes High. - It costs exactly 75 cents to send a dispatch of 6 words by telephone to St. Martinville. It seems to us that if the management of the telephone line would be more reasonable in their charges this mode of communication would become more popular. As long as the rates remain at their present figures the telephone will be a luxury enjoyed by the rich alone. No one with average means can afford to pay the present prices unless the necessity is of the most urgent. Lafayette Gazette 2/23/1895. 

W. D. West, Superintendent W. U. Telegraph, was stopping at the Crescent Hotel Monday. Laf. Adv. 1/24/1891.


   An ordinance granting the privilege or right of way, through, under and along the streets of the city of Lafayette, Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana.

 Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Lafayette, that the right of way be and is hereby granted to the great Southern Telephone and Telegraph Company, a corporation duly chartered and organized, its agents, transferors, representatives, successors or assigns, through, above, under and along the streets and public thoroughfares of the City of Lafayette, Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana, from and after the passage of this ordinance.

 Section 2. That the said Great Southern Telephone and Telegraph Company, its agents, transferors, representatives, successors or assigns and the same are hereby authorized to erect, construct and maintain such lines of Telephone and Telegraph as they may require for the purpose of conveying electricity and carrying on their business within of the city.

 Section 3. That the poles be erected for the purpose of construction and maintaining such lines of telephone and telegraph shall be erected within the curving of the banquette along the streets of Lafayette, and that the poles to be at least thirty feet high and the wires not less than twenty feet from the ground.

 Section 4.  That it shall be the right of the municipal authorities to order any changes, or alterations to order any changes, or alterations in the manner of erecting and maintenance of said lines of telephone and telegraph, and that it shall be the duty of the said telephone and telegraph, and that it shall be the duty of the said Great Southern and Telegraph Company to make any changes and alterations at its own expense that the proper municipal authorities shall deem necessary for the public safety, convenience and utility. All such changes to be made within sixty days from date of official notification to the said company.

 Section 5. This privilege or right of way is granted for a period of twenty-five years, provided, that in case the Great Southern Telephone & Telegraph Company establish a telephone exchange within the corporation of Lafayette, place two public boxes of telephones in the town of Lafayette, principally for the use of the police officers and one box at the Mayor's office.

 Votes. Yeas:-Dr. J. D. Trahan, O. C. Mouton, T. M. Biossat, B. Falk, Leo Doucet, J. O. LeBlanc. Nays:-None.
Lafayette Gazette 2/29/1896.

Pulled Up His Lines.

 Mr. R. F. Hogsett, manager of the Teche & Vermilion Telephone line informs us that owing to lack of encouragement, he has taken up the line extending from Sunset, via Opelousas to Washington, and will instead connect from Sunset to Carencro, thus giving a complete circuit from Crowley to all points east and south. From the New Iberia Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

That Telephone Line. - Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen, representing the Teche & Vermilion Telephone Co., was in Lafayette last Monday, and he informs us that work will be commenced at once on the line from here to Breaux Bridge, and that it will be completed in about two weeks. The building of this line will place us in communication with a large number of our neighboring towns, and undoubtedly will prove a great convenience. It is the intention of the company, if proper support can be secured, to extend the line to Royville, and we believe that our citizens could afford to give the company at a reasonable bonus for such an extension, as it would prove of great assistance to the people of both Lafayette and Royville. Lafayette Advertiser 4/5/1893.

Telephone Service in 1898. - It is definitely announced that the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Co. will establish an exchange in Lafayette in the near future, day and night service and long distance service. It will be remembered that there was an amalgamation of interests between this company and the Great Southern recently. Lafayette will be squarely "in it" with two telephone services and two telegraph lines, the Postal Telegraph and Cable Co. being now engaged in planting their poles in our town. Lafayette Advertiser 4/9/1898.

Holes five feet deep are being dug on St. John Street to receive the poles to support the wires of the Postal Telegraph Company.
 Laf. Adv. 4/9/1898.

New Directory. - The Cumberland Telephone Co. have issued their new directory. It is a very neat piece of work and well-gotten up. Manager Parker had the work done in Lafayette, which he believes in patronizing home people. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.


The Teche and Vermilion Telephone Line Will be in Operation Next Week.

 The poles for the telephone line between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge are all in position and the work of stringing the wire has commenced and will be completed in a few days. By next week the line will be in working order, and the central office, which will be located in the ADVERTISER building, will be open for business. The completion of this line to Lafayette will give us telephone communication with New Iberia, Breaux Bridge, St. Martins, Loreauville, Arnaudville, Abbeville, Jeanerette, Olivier, Sunset, Opelousas, Washington, St. John plantation, Huron plantation, Grand Coteau and Frozard, and will prove of great value to our citizens and help very materially in the upbuilding of our city.

 The credit of securing this line belongs entirely to the ADVERTISER, although we had no tow-line hitched to it. The line would not have been built except by the granting of the $250 bonus asked, which the ADVERTISER opposed, but when the ADVERTISER secured the services of Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen, the company agreed to build the line WITHOUT THE BONUS and to this paper, therefore belongs the credit of securing this modern convenience without a cent of cost to the community. A room will be fitted up in the ADVERTISER building for a telephone office; and this will give the paper a great advantage in securing late news from the surrounding country.

 We believe that is a proper effort is made the company can be induced to continue the line to Broussardville and Royville and our Business Men's Association should take this matter up, and if necessary give a reasonable bonus to the company to build the line to those points. It would be most convenient and we believe would increase our trade materially from those places.

 Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen will be in charge of the company's business at this place, and as he has cast his hat in with ours we believe he will use the influence with the company to induce them to build the line to Broussardville and Royville for as small a bonus as is possible under existing circumstances.

 We are satisfied that after a few months use of the telephone our people will wonder how they ever did without it for so long. As soon as the line is in working order a general invitation will be extended to our citizens to come to the office and try the line, and that day will mark a new mile post in the advance and progress of our city. Lafayette is not on a boom but it is advancing rapidly, being pushed forward by her great natural advantages.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/19/1893.

To Meet in Lafayette. - The Commissioners appointed by the several parishes under Act. No. 92 of 1888, to equalize the assessments of property belonging to railroads, telegraph and telephone companies, will meet in Lafayette on Wednesday April 24th, to assess Morgan's Louisiana and Texas road, the Louisiana Western road, and Morgan's branch road, with the telegraph and telephone lines in this parish. Lafayette Advertiser 4/20/1889.

 The commission to assess railroad, telegraph and telephone property in this part of the State will  assemble here to-day. Mr. H. N. Coulon, of Lafourche, arrived here yesterday evening and will represent his parish on the commission. Also Mr. Alcide Provost of New Iberia is here for the same purpose
 Laf. Adv. 4/21/1894.

 R. F. Hogsett, manager of the Teche and Vermilion Telephone company was in Lafayette looking after the interests of his company, and making arrangements to extend the service and put in night service in the near future.

Laf. Adv. 4/24/1897

Assessors Meet. - The Board of Assessment of railroads and telegraph lines, etc., met her on Wednesday. All of the parish's touching the Morgan road and the L. W. were represented save one. Mr. T. J. Fosterm of St. Mary, was elected president, and Jno. D. Schaffer, of Terrebone, Secretary. They assessed the main lines at $7,000 per mile, and branch roads at from $3,500 per $5,000 per mile. The Western Union telegraph was assessed at $100 per mile, and the telephone at $15 per mile. The railroad filed a formal protest against the action of the Board as unconstitutional. Lafayette Advertiser 4/27/1889.

W. A. Wade, who has been in temporary charge of the Cumberland Telephone Exchange, turned it over yesterday to Manager Thomas who returned Monday from Nashville, and he left last night for New Orleans, and will travel for the company as inspector.
Laf. Adv. 5/3/1905

New Telephone Connections. - Lafayette will soon have telephone connections with Cade, Burke, Broussard and Youngsville, also the plantation of Gen. F. F. Myles. The new line will  be constructed along the Southern Pacific railroad direct from Lafayette to New Iberia. The Lafayette exchange will be at John O. Mouton's building near the depot. Lafayette Advertiser 5/4/1895.

The Teche and Vermilion Telephone Line office has been moved into the Advertiser building. Laf. Adv. 5/10/1890

Moved Monday. The Western Union office was moved Monday into the small building between Mouton Sisters and Pellerin & DeClouet's.
Laf. Adv. 5/18/1904.

Each week the people use the telephone more and more, and find it a great convenience. Laf. Adv. 5/20/1893.

 The patrons of the Telephone will regret to learn that Miss Hortense Guidry, who ever since the incipiency of this new enterprise, has so courteously and efficiently filled the position as central operator, has resigned her duties in the office, and returned to her home. Miss Guidry has been succeeded by Miss Cora Desbres.
Laf. Advertiser Laf. Adv. 6/6/1896

Improvements at Railroad & Telegraph Offices.
The sudden appearance a few days ago, a corps of workmen in that portion of the railroad hotel building used for telegraph and freight offices proved the signal for important changes in a re-arrangement of those offices. The alterations that have been made are a decided improvement and lend a much more business-like air to the place. The facilities for transacting the business of the railroad and telegraph companies have been much increased by the innovations and agent Davidson and assistants Mabry and Givens, as well as operators Voneye and Serret feel justly pleased over the change.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/16/1894.


Cumberland Telephone Requests To Operate in Lafayette.

 The following application for right-of-way was read and by motion duly made, same was granted on conditions specified therein, and on further conditions that the said telephone company pay an annual tax of 1.00 per mile for all lines established within the parish.   To the HON.

    Parish of Lafayette,
        State of Louisiana -

  The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Co. hereby respectfully submit to your honorable body a request that they be granted the right to erect, operate, and maintain lines of poles and wires, as telephone lines, together with necessary branches and anchors and to clear the wires of timber obstruction, etc., over and upon the highways of the Parish of Lafayette, La. It being understood and agreed that said pole will be so located as not to obstruct the thoroughfares or in any way endanger life or property.
     E. F. MILLARD, Special Agt.

        Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.

The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Co. is making preparations to establish its system in our town and parish. Laf. Adv. 6/17/1889

Our clever young telegraph operator at the depot here during the day, J. D. Davis, has got a leave of absence for three weeks and will rusticate. Mr. B. J. Pellerin holds down his place during his absence, and will do it to our entire satisfaction. Laf. Adv. 6/20/1891

Telephone Growth. - The Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Company has issued statement of its business for the month of May, and the growth in the number of subscribers is shown as follows:

Number of subscribers May 1, 1905...127, 314
Number added during month...3975
Number discontinued...2370
Net increase...1,605

Total subscribers May 31, 1905...128,919.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.

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