CALHOUN PHONE COMPANIES - Independent Operations Cover Most Of County By 1900

(02/16/2017)

One of the earliest photographs of Grantsville about 1880 show telephone and telegraph lines on Main Street.

Alexander Graham Bell's new fangled telephone came to the hills and hollers of Calhoun, with several independent phone companies springing up in most communities by 1900.

The crank'em up phones became a major form of communication.

An inquiry from the West Virginia Auditor's Office in 1906 was attempting to obtain information regarding the parties, owners and numbers on telephone lines.

Beyond systems at Grantsville, Big Bend, Hur, Big Springs and White Pine the inquiry listed:

Arnoldsburg-Doddrell Telephone Company

State and Doddrell Telephone Company

S. J. Wayne Telephone Company

Dr. Lowe and Ralph Bennett Telephone Company

Farmer's Telephone Line

If any of our readers have information regarding these or other early phone companies, we'd like to hear from you.


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