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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-12 11:07 AM
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7. Y'all, that there's a telephone pole!
Edited on Thu Mar-01-12 11:19 AM by marzipanni
According to Hamner, pioneers in early-day Claude and Gruver, Texas, recalled nearby ranchers whod installed telephones and used the top wire of barbed-wire fences as telephone lines.

When the signal diminished during rainy weather, few pioneers realized it was because the wire was stapled directly to the fence post and grounded out when wet. As insulators became popular, the clever, most-innovative cowboys used every conceivable device as an insulator to suspend the wire and improve the faint telephone transmissions. Ive seen everything from leather straps folded around wire and nailed to the posts, broken whiskey bottle necks affixed with big nails, snuff bottles, corncobs, pieces of inner tube wrapped around the wire and short car tire straps holding barbed wire telephone wires.

Read more: http://www.farmcollector.com/Farm-life/IT-ALL-TREW.aspx...
According to Hamner, pioneers in early-day Claude and Gruver, Texas, recalled nearby ranchers whod installed telephones and used the top wire of barbed-wire fences as telephone lines.


on edit- I learned about this from our historical society. Barbed wire telephone lines were used around here in northern California, too, as well as many other places.

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