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Telephones
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Dan    Posted 05-18-2002 at 07:28:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
When do you remember in your family history getting the first telephone.ie:Grandfathers etc.
I was 13 yrs old in 1968 and we got hooked up to a partyline that year.The cable was buried the year before. We thought that we were really progressing...


screaminghollow    Posted 05-18-2002 at 23:32:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Born in 1951. We had a modern rotary phone, but all long distance, which was anything four miles or more away, had to go through an operator. My grandmother had one of those candle stick phones, with the separate earpiece and the microphone part on the stand. My dad's sister lived way out in the country and had one of them wooden box hand crank phones. I still remember our first phone number, WOodring 35382. It was something you had to memorize along with your address to pass kiddygarden.


D.J.-EAST TEXAS    Posted 05-18-2002 at 21:53:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I REMEMBER STILL OUR FIRST PHONE # DI348.
STOOD FOR DIAMOND348,ROTARY DIAL,PARTY LINE.I'M
SURE THE NEIGHBORS(THOSE STILL LIVING)REMEMBER THE CONVERSATIONS MY BROTHERS AND I HAD DURING OUR GIRL CRAZY DAYS...........YEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAA
LIFE WAS(AND IS)GOOD


Bob /Ont.    Posted 05-18-2002 at 21:03:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've had a phone all my life but we have two lines, this one is private line so the computer will work but the one in the kitchen is a SEMI PRIVATE line, likely the only one left, haven't been able to listen in on anyone for years, guess we'er the only ones on it. On the farm we had six on our line, heard some good stuff then.
Later Bob


Mudcat49    Posted 05-18-2002 at 10:45:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
The big question now is how many people still have dial, not touch tone phones in their houses?
I was looking at my phone bill and SPRINT is still charging me a buck a month extra for "TOUCH TONE" service!


Jerry S    Posted 05-18-2002 at 10:25:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had a telephone when I was born but we didn't get an inside toilet til we moved to a new house in 77. I am a 65 model and not very many my age can tell about carrying water in the house and using the wringer washer and the once a week round bathtub in the middle of the kitchen. Makes me appreciate what I have now. I have threatened to have my now teenage kids experience that for a while so they know how times used to be.


Les...fortunate    Posted 05-18-2002 at 10:12:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
A friend of mine has a phone book for this area that was published in 1911. My grandfather is listed in that book. (That's the year my father's oldest brother was born.)
But electricity didn't come until the year I was born, 1947, when the REA finally arrived with the juice.
My mother grew up in the city of Schenectady, NY. She says they always had electricity but not a phone. Just the opposite of my father.


WallSal55    Posted 05-18-2002 at 08:47:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Born in 1955, I remember a big, black telephone
with a partyline as a toddler. We still kept
the crank telephone a while, to call between our place and grandma's place (or the workshop) on the family farm. A lot of our neighbors used
the crank phones with an operator well into the
1960's--they were another 5-10 miles further out in the countryside!


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