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Howard T. Vaille Papers

Identifier: WH2220

Scope and Contents

Collection contains newspaper clippings on the Vaille family, Denver Free Masons, U.S. railway mail service, Western Union Telegraph System, and the telephone industry in Colo. and N.M.


  • 1880-1928


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Howard T. Vaille was born February 26, 1861 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His mother was Sarah Vaille of Meredith, New Hampshire. His father was Dr. Henry R. Vaille of Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1889, Vaille married Martha Kerr Elder (of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) in Las Vegas, New Mexico. They had two daughters.

Howard T. Vaille was the brother of Frederick O. Vaille, founder of the Colorado Telephone Company in Denver in 1879. Howard Vaille moved to Denver in 1882 to work for his brother. They were pioneers of the telephone industry in Colorado and New Mexico. In 1883, Howard Vaille was manager of the Central City Telephone Company. From 1883 until 1884, he was manager of the Pueblo Telephone Company. He compiled information on the early days of the telephone company in the Rocky Mountain region, retiring in 1930.

Howard Vaille died of a heart attack on May 15, 1940 at his home at 1415 Franklin St., Denver, Colorado.


1 oversize boxes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.


Repository also has: History of the telephone in Colorado: narrative of the Colorado Telephone Company and the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company as presented to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Colorado by Howard T. Vaille on the seventh day of January, nineteen hundred sixteen (C384.609788 V195hi).


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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States