Friday, November 18, 2011

A Little Bit of Railroad History quite interesting

Train Station Watches Were Just the Beginning

If you were in the market for a watch in1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to a store, right?
Well, of course you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and
a bit better than most of the store watches, you went to the train station! Sound a bit funny? Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States, that's where the best watches were found.
Why were the best watches found at the train station? The railroad company wasn't selling the watches, not at all. The telegraph operator was. Most of the time the telegraph operator was located in the railroad station because the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks from town to town. It was usually the shortest distance and the right-of-ways had already been secured for the rail line.
Most of the station agents were also skilled telegraph operators and that was the primary way that they communicated with the railroad. They would know when trains left the previous station and when they were due at their next station. And it was the telegraph operator who had the watches. As a matter of fact they sold more of them than almost all the stores combined for a period of about 9 years.
This was all arranged by "Richard", who was a telegraph operator himself. He was on duty in the North Redwood, Minnesota train station one day when a load of watches arrived from the east. It was a huge crate of pocket watches. No one ever came to claim them.
So Richard sent a telegram to the manufacturer and asked them what they wanted to do with the watches. The manufacturer didn't want to pay the freight back, so they wired Richard to see if he could sell them. So Richard did. He sent a wire to every agent in the system asking them if they wanted a cheap, but good, pocket watch. He sold the entire case in less than two days and at a handsome profit.
That started it all. He ordered more watches from the watch company and encouraged the telegraph operators to set up a display case in the station offering high quality watches for a cheap price to all the travelers. It worked! It didn't take long for the word to spread and, before long, people other than travelers came to the train station to buy watches.
Richard became so busy that he had to hire a professional watch maker to help him with the orders. That was Alvah. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The business took off and soon expanded to many other lines of dry goods.
Richard and Alvah left the train station and moved their company to Chicago -- and it's still there.
that for a while in the1880's, the biggest watch retailer in the country was at the train station.
It all started with a telegraph operator:
Richard Sears and his partner Alvah Roebuck! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happening in the neighbor hood

Just sitting in the computer room & see a white suv pull up across the street. A girl gets out and goes to the house next to the one they where in front of. She's gone a couple of minutes. She comes back & gets in the suv & they back into the driveway of the house she was just at. 4 people jump out and start kicking in the door. I grab my camera and start taking pictures while I'm on the phone with 911. 
The dispatcher said I would get in trouble if I shot one. He tells me to stay in my house until the cops arrive. 
A tree trimmer pulled up next door to the house they broke into & scared them away a couple of minutes before the cops showed up. 
Turns out the suv is stolen & they got away. I did get some photos of 2 of them.

To bad they did not catch them.

                                                              Update 4:00 pm

Just found out that the cops have caught 3 of the 4 that broke into the house across the street.