The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, November 14, 1952 Page: 2 of 8
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Friday, November 14, 1952
ie Calbfcoell Beto*
AND THE BURLESON COUNTY LEDGER
PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY
♦ Enterad m Second Class Mail Matter at the Pott Office at
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George C. Pall Publisher
Mrs. M. B. Neighbors Society Editor
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Ass't Shop Superintendent
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SIGN IS DESIGNED
TO DRAW áiOOKWORMS
Electro— The public librare
here has a new attraction, :>r
those seeking more knowledge A
l- cal sign man noticed that the
library was not very prominently
identified. Being in the sign busi
ness, he denied tc do something
about it. So he made a stunning
neon sign, vhich he hung over the
library doo>', with his compliments
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The fol
lowing article is about seventy-
year old A. W. Sullivan, who is
retiring after 54 years of ser-
vice with the Weatern Union
Telegraph Co. Mr. Sullivan wat;
born and reared in caldwell ami
has many friends and relative*
here. The article appeared in
the Ft. Worth STAR-TELE-
(¡HAM October 3 and was sent
in by hi* niece, Mrs. o. It.
Winkler of Ft. Worth. .Mr.
Sullivan is the son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Sullivan
and brother of the late Mm.
Laura McCowen and Mrs. Ciar i
Harnett of Lamesa, Texas.
by <;eorge dolan.
A key has played a prominent
role in the 70-year life of A. W
He sturted tapping on a tel-
egrapher's key more than a half-
century ago. It was the key t<
But, after Friday, the only
keys he intends to handle are
those to his house and his car.
He's retiring after 54 years
with Western Union.
Sullivan has matured with the
Western Union, in the days
when Sullivan joined it, handled
primarily frain and cotton or-
Then it steped into the per
sonal message field.
Telegraphers, once bored with
tapping out prices of Jong-staple
cotton, had other reactions when
they batted out this type dis-
MJSS YOU MADLY. WANT
YOU BADLY. CRY IN MV
BEER. WISH YOU WERE
The operators probably worked
on the key with one hand and
held the other firmly over their
The company began sending
flowers and candy as well as
messages. And then came the
Sullivan moved along, too.
He started in Temple in 1898
as a messenger boy. He delivered
telegrams on a bicycle — except
on rainy days:
Then he had to use a horse to
get through the gooey black Cen-
tral Texas mud.
The Irish youth began practic-
ing wi*h a key in his spare time
and learned to be an operator.
He participated in some of the
world's most interesting news
Sullivan, for instance, was on
the receiving end of the 1901 as
sassination of Presiednt Mckin-
ley — of the 1904 election of
Theodore Roosevelt — of the
Titanic tragedy in 1912.
A. W. SULLIVAN — end union with Western Union
We would like to inform yon that the Milam
County Livestock Commission Company of
Cameron, Texas has employed Mr Skelly
Strong of Caldwell as Auctioneer for our sales
on every Wednesday.
We fed very fortunate in securing his
We appreciate the patronage of die Burleson
County Cattlemen and hope you continue to do
business with us.
UvBBtock Commission Co.
Finley D. BlackweD, Manager.
W i V . |
The likable Irishman was a gay
young blade around the turn of
He wore flushy clothes and
parted his thick crop of whito
hair in the middle. He had u
bugKy with red rubber tin s
drawn by a fancy horse.
Now Sullivan favors conserva-
tive suits. Hia white hair, which
earned him "Rabbit" a* u school
nickname, has darkened to brown.
He hasn't worked uctively on
a Morse key since 1930, when
Western Union moved to its
Sullivan came here in 1911 as
cashier and uss>- ant manager.
But he used to take play-by-
play on baseball games for the
Star - Telegram's old electric
And, when operators needed a
hand, he'd get back to work on
a key at the office.
He's done just about every job
the company has to offer, includ-
ing line work.
Misaed One Thing
Just one thing he's missed.
He never delivered one o.
those singing telegrams. <
Still he can sing Western
Union's praises in a clear, ring-
An event he probably got the
biggest kick out of took place back
in the elementary period of his
A Negro woman came into the
Western Union office.
"She put a big pair of shoes
on the counter," he said. "Want-
ed me to telegraph those shoes."
Sullivan can look buck on a
full and lively career next month.
But he has no plans for his
future idle hours.
My wife and I have decided
just to have all the fun w can
Sulljvan married Misss May
Young of Ardmore in 1906. They
have two daughters, Mrr.. Verniee
Eusley and Mrs. Earline Blout
both of Fort Worth, a irrnnd-
daughter, Mrs. Verline Gray of
Fort Worth andtwo greatgrand-
veteran Western Union
man has enjoyed his job, but
he's not sorry to leave it for a
life of leisure.
He doesn't even regret that
Segreant William A. Hoyack
son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hoyack
recently returned to his base in
Germany, after n three weeks
furlough in London, England and
in Paris, France.
John J. Krall af Chkage, farm-
er Caldwell man who ha* been
In Chicago tor Wo goal SO years
haa been visiting thia pa'at week
with hia parents Mr. and Mra.
Prank Krall. Mr. Krall ia an eai-
ployee of the Joha L. Smyth
Home Furnishings, which ia one
af the aMeat furniture companies
In the eaat. He will remaia in
Caldwell thia week and return
to Chicago within the next ten
days. He haa alao been viaitin*
other relatives and friends in thia
part of the country.
WIU YOUR CNIIVRI
•0 TO CSUISIt
You con assure their education
D L. Alford. Jr.. CM
««■Ml Mini woo*. HI net Ml
Relative* and friends here last
week to attend the funeral of
George Sefcik, Sr., were Mr. and
Mrs. Henry W. Sefcik and daugh-
ters, Mr. and Mrs. George Fillip
und Harry Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Kubin, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Loch-
ridge and Arthur Jr., and L. A.
Papacek, all of Texas City; Frank
Kuhun Sr. and iumily, Mrs. Louis
Luksa, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Lesi-
kar, Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Sefcik.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kuhan and
Gregg and Mrs Francis Bunyar l,
all of Temple; Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Coleman of Huntsville; Mr. ami
Mrs. Aaron L. McNair, Major and
Mrs. Harry D. Whye and sons,
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Vajdak
and Carolyn, all of Houston; Mr.
and Mrs. Alvin J. Sefcik and sons
of LaMarque; Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Sefcik Jr., and Billy Jean, Mr.
Tom Kubin Sr., Frank S. Hav< I,
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Herrmann,
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Sefcik, Mr
and Mrs. Clarence Loke, DanM
Houdek, Mistes Mildred anl
Gladys Sefcik, all of Bryan.
one gap in his experience. Me
wouldn't sing a telegraphed
"Happy Birthday" if he had th.>
Every forward-looking citizen is inter-
ested in community progress. So is this
bank. Let's work at it together.
This bank is also interested in your finan-
cial progress, and welcomes every oppor-
tunity to be of service to you.
First State Bank
Membet F. D. I. C.
Chas. H. Moore, an authorised
Acoustician and experienced Hear-
ir.g Aid Spetialist, will conduct a
FREE HEARING AID CUNIC
for the HARD OF HEARING in
Caldwell, Novemebr 18, 10S2
l«M A. M. until 1:M P. N.
Whether you have a slight hear-
ing losa, or have been deaf for
year , or whether you are now
wearing a «tearing aid . . .this
valuable service is absolutely
FREE. You may discover things
about your hearing that will
tmase and •:ratify you; child or
adult. Age is no barrier to bettor
Batterks :wd acressoriea v. iV
be available if needed.
This Heiring Aid Clinic is held
through tln> courtesy of Acousti-
eon Hearing Center, Chus. H.
Moore, 103 N. Bryan, Bryan, T*ix-
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The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, November 14, 1952, newspaper, November 14, 1952; Caldwell, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth176038/m1/2/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library.