A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 172
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172 A THUMB-NAIL HISTroY OF
the great yellow fever epidemic of 1867 and was
succeeded by Col. Phil Fall, who has the distinction
of being the oldest operator in actual service in this
The Postal Telegraph Company opened its office
in Houston during July, 1898. The establishment
was merely on a small scale, but by strict attention
to business has managed to build up an immense
business and has made itself a formidable
competitor of the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone
Company in the local field. The Postal
aims at promptness and dispatch, and has thus
earned an enviable reputation.
In the latter part of 1910 the Mackey Telegraph
and Cable Company established its chief office in
Houston, thus making Houston the great telegraph
center of the State. All the companies have direct
cable connection with all parts of the world, but
the Mackey company has facilities possessed by no
other company. The cable business out of Houston
is immense and the general telegraphing done by
all the Houston lines, amounts to very near four
million messages each year and is constantly increasing.
The Houston Telegram of June 18, 1878, says:
"Mr. J. W. Stacey, the efficient manager of the
Western Union Telegraph office in this city, has
procured a telephone of the latest improved construction,
which he will put up for use during the
military encampmnt df the voumteeers of the State
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/190/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .