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St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Contributed by MRiseling

Description: One Wire Is Restored To Murphysboro

Date: March 20 1925

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

Source: Original Newspaper


Work of repairing damage to the telephone and telegraph wires in the tornado areas was not completed at a late hour yesterday. The Western Union announced that it had restored service on one line to Murphysboro and was also routing messages into the district by way of Carbondale and Cairo.

The Bell Telephone Co.'s wires to Murphysboro will be working today. The Postal Telegraph Co.'s line through Murphysboro to Memphis will be restored today also, it is expected. All three report great congestion due to the vast flood of traffic occasioned by relatives anxious to learn word of sufferers in the various towns stricken.

Wire gangs sent out by the telephone company reported 117 poles down on the St. Louis-Murphysboro-Memphis lines. There were 23 poles down on the St. Louis-Little Rock line which passes through Missouri areas of tornado damage. Cape Girardeau, Annapolis, Biehle and other towns could not be reached by telephone Wednesday night. In Illinois messages were being routed by circuitous lines around the devastated areas. Wednesday night the Red Cross at Cairo, Ill., placed a call for the St. Louis Red Cross headquarters. A message was routed from Cairo to Memphis to Dennison, Tex., to Muskogee, Ok., and thence to St. Louis, a distance of 2000 miles in order to connect the two cities which are about 150 miles apart.

Submitted: 03/27/06

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