This memory is shared from the Comporium Telephone Museum. The Museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
Lad Barnes, Jr. has 72 years of service with Comporium and currently serves as Vice Chairman. In one exhibit at the Comporium Telephone Museum, he related the following story:
The creosoted poles came in what they called a gondola, which was similar to what you see going by on the railroad that looks like they’ve got scrap metal in and all, but all of our creosoted poles came in there and I remember the Mack truck back here and Frank and I were, I was probably in high school and he might have been just in college, but anyhow, they’d set up the boom on that and set up the wench line and they’d put us in there with that creosote in July, steaming, and we’d have to put the wench line around the poles so they’d pull the poles out one at a time and put them on the trailer to haul them to the storeroom.
Lad Barnes, Jr.:
1948 – PRESENT