Published in The Asbury Park Evening Press on June 30, 1913 page 1

Inventor and Officers of Company Inspect Big Station Being Erected at Belmar

DENIAL THAT DEPOT WILL AFFECT PHONES

Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of
wireless telegraphy and principal
stockholder in the companies organiz-
ed under his name, the Marconi Wire-
less Telegraph Company of America,
which is building the wireless plant at
Belmar, being among them, yesterday
visited the Belmar plant and after an
inspection expressed his thoro satis-
faction at the progress being made.
Mr. Marconi made the trip from New
York with President John W. Griggs
of the American company, John Bot-
tomley, the general manager, and other
officials, the party occupying three
autos.  On the return trip the party
stopped in Asbury Park and had
lunch.
     After arriving in New York Mr.
Marconi was notified by The Press of
a report current here that the opera-
tion of the new plant at Belmar, which
is to be the largest plant in
the country, would put out of commis-
sion all the telephone wires within a ra-
dius of five miles, with the exception
of those placed in conduits under-
ground.  He immediadiately wired back
 the following reply:
     “Replying to your wire, completely
disagree with expert’s declaration.
Belmar plant will not affect any tele-
phones within five moles.”
     The statement was made by an en-
gineer who had come from Panama
for a visit with George C. Martin of
Hamilton, and who was until a short
time ago wireless manager at the
naval station at Porto Bello.  This
man, who claimed to be an expert at
the wireless business, told Mr. Martin
that the power of the station at Bel-
mar, when in running order, would
destroy the functions of every tele-
phone within a radius of five miles of
the station, unless the wires are un-
derground.  Receipt of the tele-
gram and the consequent assurance of
Mr. Marconi that telephone would not
be affected.
      District Agent J. A. Waterbury of
the New York Telephone company,
while he did not deny absolutely that
telephones might be slightly affected
said it was very improbable.
      “There is absolutely no reason to
believe that the operation of the new
wireless plant at Belmar will in any
way affect the telephone service eith-
er within five miles of the place or
contiguous to it.  Telephones have
been operated alongside of other wire-
less plants without the slightest in-
terference.  The tower of the new
plant will be so high and the electric
waves so far above the wires of any
telephone that it is altogether im-
probable that they will be affected in
the least.
     “Electricity sent out from wireless
plants is not as powerful as lightning,
and lighting seldom affects the tele-
phone system, but a method has been
found to overcome this.
     “When lighting strikes a telephone
wire that is grounded about the only
result is the blowing out of a fuse.  No
wireless plant gives out the power of
lighting.
     Waves of similar length are so ar-
ranged that they have a field to hit
upon.  Instruments at the wireless
plant are tuned to the same pitch,
and this makes impossible the catch-
ing of wireless messages on telephone
wires.  Our wires are made all the
more secure by insulation.   We have
no fear that the new plant will affect
us in any way.”

This is the first definite proof Guglielmo Marconi actually visited his Belmar Station in Wall Township.
Local tradition holds that Marconi visited the station a number of times and stayed in a house behind the hotel.
The main part of the house still exists today, not in its original location.
It is now at the corner of Monmouth Bl. and Taft Street where it was relocated in 1942.
The owners were told by former residents the missing plaque once mounted on the fireplace said Marconi stayed there.

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