All of us here at the website always thought it was really odd for Woodward to include powerlines in this unique bookplate. It wasn't until recently (Nov. 2016) that we learned its importance. Leonard Eager Curtis [Yale, 1872, LL.B.] was a pioneer in the early days of electrical power, serving as executive general counsel to the Westinghouse Electric Company in its patent litigation battles with General Electric Company. He would later leave law behind and form his own company Curtis & Hines to build power plants throughout Colorado and Mexico. He was also instrumental in bringing Nicolas Tesla to Colorado Springs to build his Experimental Station.
We do not know how Woodward would come to have had Curtis as a client and create this bookplate for the man but we enjoy considering the possibilities, such as, Woodward having been a classmate/friend of one of Curtis's 4 children but it seems more likely that Woodward's father Orion, a real estate developer who traveled a lot throughout the country may have crossed paths with a power plant developer like Curtis.