1a. My dad worked as a Western Union messenger boy in the late 1920s. Hubert Boyte, who managed the Humboldt office down at the Crossing, told me a great little story about how he hired dad. I'll relate it sometime. This picture is in front of the telegraph office at the Crossing, and with him is a Barnett lady. From the internet: "The height of the telegram age was probably the 1920s and ‘30s, when Western Union maintained a fleet of 14,000 uniformed messenger boys, on foot and on bicycle, and many thousands more of operators, clerks, and copyists. The company marketed its services heavily, offering specially printed multicolored decorative telegrams for various occasions designed by artists such as Norman Rockwell. They introduced the singing telegram in 1933." IN THE MOVIES, a good example of messenger boys was Mickey Rooney in 'The Human Comedy', 1943, with Frank Morgan as the telegrapher.