I'm writing about the history of the concept of noise and am having trouble tracking down references from when the term "noise" started being associated with statistical noise such as Gaussian Noise and not just things like people talking in the background and RF noise that prevents the interception of radio signals.
An article in Science describing a new telephone device invented by Tuft’s College professor A. E. Dolbear noted that the words sounded “clear without the sputtering and confused noises” of Alexander Bell’s system. By the 1920s, engineers at AT&T are measuring and comparing the noise between trans-Atlantic radio links and cables.
But I can't find references that go from these early uses of the term "noise" to "Gaussian Noise." The earliest reference I've found so far is Technical Report 189 from the Cruft Laboratory, June 1, 1954.