Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
DARING HEROES OF "WIRE PATROL" KEEP MAN
IN COMMUNICATION WITH MAN
"Killed by a live wire!"
Have you read that?"
Probably you overlooked this'"stick
of type" about the death of a private
in the most adventuresome, most dar
ing army of modern days the "wire
The "wire patrol" answers a roll
csll of 15,000 men aii of them pri
vates. Where trade is, there is the
Privates in the daring, adventurous
"wire patrol" linemen. Its mission
is to save the business world from
the onslaught of the elements. It's
for linemen to follow the trail of the
storm and pick up the" "down wires,"
replace the poles riven by lightning,
to keep in working order the metal
threads that bind together the com
merce of America.
For perching on ' a 60-foot pole
while the wind blows a 60-mile gale,
for keeping - nerves steady as steel,
foot as sure as the foot .of a mountain
goat, for making 20 and 50-mile liikes
a day and carrying a 20-pound kit on
his back the lineman is paid $3 a day.
His real pay is the adventure he gets
out of it-
Though a product of the cityjthe
lineman Has almost disappeared from