Letter Books -- Dave Sprau Collection
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When the Milwaukee folded up back in March 1980, the communications department was one of the last ones to get the word. Their daily work sheets sent to R E Stuckey in Chgo show that Line Foreman John A Priske and his crew were still out digging holes, setting poles, stringing wire, cutting brush and so forth for several weeks after 3/15/80. Well anyway sometime early that year they were told to take their truck and go to the Union Station Seattle and clean out all the old Milwaukee electrification dept files up in some attic room. That is the where the Goodnow and Electrification department Letterbooks had been stored, undisturbed, for nearly 60 years. Dave Sprau was given these files by Foreman John Priske who was in the process of disposing of old unwanted material at the time the Milwaukee's combined signal and communications department disbanded in 1980.
Letterbook pages 1-200
May 19, 1913 to October 27, 1913. Puget Sound & Willapa Harbor Ry construction -- "purely a local railroad" -- naming of "Tiegen." Probably "two or three years before we have an electrical department." New to Great Falls.
|Goodnow Letterbook page 200-399||October 27, 1913 to December 18, 1913|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 400-599||December 13, 1918 to January 27, 1914|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 600-693||January 27, 1914 to February 21, 1914|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 694-1400||February 21, 1914 to November 20, 1914. The GE contracts; Westinghouse bids.|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 1401-1700||November, 20, 1914 to February 15, 1915|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 2119-2200||
May 10, 1915 to June 11, 1915
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 2200-2399||June 11, 1915 to August 31, 1915|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 2400-2599||August 31, 1915 to December 14, 1915|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 2600-2799||December 14, 1915|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 2800-2999|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 3000-3140|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 3977-4000|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 4000-4199|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 4200-4399|
|Goodnow Letterbook pages 4400-4594|