Historic Hood River
Western Union Night Letter
It’s easy to forget there was once a time when important messages were sent over a small network of wires from telegraph office to telegraph office, for hand delivery to the recipient. This particular telegram was a “night letter” received at 9:45PM (though the date is unclear). It was sent to H.B. Langille, who I believe was the city recorder at one time, from Keeler Bros. in Denver Colorado. The message said, “From the information on hand we are led to believe the city council will be enjoined whenever they attempt to deliver bonds to us. Are there any developments in this connection? Notwithstanding the foregoing our attorney is now examining the proceedings and we expect his opinion in the very near future.”
I believe this had something to do with a lawsuit when the city attempted to create a city water system early in the twentieth century. Private water suppliers attempted to stop the process.
Telegrams were usually more terse than this since Western Union was paid by the word, but I’ll bet these folks were passing the costs on to their clients so they had no reason to be economical.