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AROOSTOOK COUNTY FARMER EDWARD DAIGLE USING HAND-CRANK TELEPHONE. Circa 1942. P…

AROOSTOOK COUNTY FARMER EDWARD DAIGLE USING HAND-CRANK TELEPHONE. Circa 1942. Photo by John Collier.
Our Maine township, Township D, Range 2 WELS ("West of Eastern Line of State"), Unorganized Territory, first received telephone service thirty years ago and miraculously we were given access to a brand new "private line." Prior to that change, the only telephone service available generally in our rural area was 4-Party-line service.
To say party-line service was "not private" is to understate the popular-though-only-partially-illicit widespread past time of listening in on the neighbor's phone conversations. Since everyone involved knew listening-in was rampant, it was not as though deeply secret revelations were spoken innocently and then maliciously spread.
Only twenty years ago were the nearby original weather-checked peeled cedar log poles – which held up power and telephone lines – replaced by sleek pencil-sharpened full-size tall pressure treated power poles. Caleb, Megan & Jim




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