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Blackford County Telegrams

The first telegraphic message over an experimental line from Washington D. C. to Baltimore was dispatched on May 24, 1844 by Samuel F. B. Morse. Its first message pertained a verse taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23, suggested to Morse by Miss Annie Ellworth, a young daughter of a friend. Its message had been recorded onto a paper tape. The letters on the tape had been transmitted from an alphabet of electronic dashes and dots known as the Morse Code. Morse conceived a communications system using an electro-magnet and a series of relays through a network of telegraph stations.

Today, telegrams are still being used, even in a world of high-end technology and equipment, such as mobile phones, internet, email, etc. The reason is simple: "A Telegram has an impact on any person receiving one and leaves a lasting impression."


(October 1. 1891)
John R. Woolard and Rosa Huffman married last Saturday at the home of the groom's parents.
      (P3 - C4)

(January 26, 1893)
Noah L. Woolard, youngest son of Stacy Woolard, and Nellie B. Fowler married Monday evening at her home east of town by Squire Philipp Kearny.
      (P1 - C2)

Cited Works

"Telegram History," (2009). USA Telegram, Inc., http://www.usatelegram.com/history.html (accessed: September, 21, 2012).


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