News: Clark Co. (WCRR Time - 28 Oct 1886)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt

----Source: The Abbotsford Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 10/31/2012

Originally printed in the Colby Phonograph, October 28, 1886

Last week the Wisconsin Central company put into effect a time card that may satisfy the management but raises a howl of indignation among the residents along the line.

The mail train is now a fast, through train, only making three stops between Stevens Point and Abbotsford. By this arrangement, it gains 10 minutes of time between those places, a distance of 54 miles, and 20 minutes between Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

Since the new time card went into effect, the mails have been demoralized as trains run through the villages at a high rate of speed and quite frequently miss the mail.

At this station, the mail was missed four times out of a possible twelve last week, and the last edition of The Phonograph was from 36 to 40 hours late.

Besides, this is the inconvenience of getting to neighboring towns and back. Traveling men, who have more than one hour’s business, are required to remain 48 hours, take chances on a freight train, hire a private conveyance or go afoot. We saw the very unusual sight last week of three traveling men in a lumber wagon bound for Unity.

It seems to the writer as though a time card might be arranged that would be more convenient to the traveling public and still make time that what is present, though we suppose the company will run the matter just as they please.

They generally do.



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