One Nation, Under God

Phillips County Museum News for Wednesday, July 26, 2023

“Hello, Number please”. Do those words sound familiar to anyone? If so, it may be an indication of your age! Those were the words that Lois Goodheart, Darl Crowder, Loretta Bebee, Allie Ereaux, or Myrna Kroon would have used when they were the Malta operators for the local telephone system.

Switchboards had four sections, with two covering the same phone numbers. Long distance calls were given top priority at all times. Living and working in a small community, these gals also did wake calls, the local doctor would call and let them know where he was for lunch in case he was needed, call...


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