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Turning back the clock: Mazomanie's telephone milestone


October 4, 2018

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These two images were taken on February 6, 1946 and show both ends of the first telephone call to be handled through the Wisconsin Telephone Company's new dial central office in Mazomanie. The first image shows Mazomanie Village President, Theodore R. King, seated at a roll top desk, dialing the first call. In the room with him and witnessing the historic event are T.J. Murphy, standing at left, Madison district manager for the Wisconsin Telephone Company, and Frank Lashway, prominent resident of Mazomanie who served as the company's agent in Mazomanie for many years before retiring a few years previous to this date. On the other end of the line and receiving this historic phone call is telephone company Mazomanie agent, Charles T. Davies at Davies & Son Store in Mazomanie. Witnessing the historic event at Davies & Son Store is Truman Thompson, Mazomanie and Madison manager for the Wisconsin Telephone Company. Photos curtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Abovve left: Village President Theodore King at roll top desk. Above right: Charles T. Davies at Davies & Son Store. By Kara O'Keeffe

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