History of Telephone Workers, Part 5

History of Telephone Workers, Part 5

The first automated telephone switching system was developed by Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Kansas City, Missouri.  According to lore, an operator was directing calls to her husband, a competing undertaker.  The system was first used in La Porte, Indiana, in...
Women Get the Vote!

Women Get the Vote!

Women had been pressuring Congress to vote on an amendment that would recognize their suffrage rights (rights to vote in political elections) by the 1870’s. Finally, Congress passed the amendment in June, 1919. However, at least 36 states had to ratify it (vote in...
History of Telephone Workers, Part 5

History of the Telephone Workers, Part 4

The switchboard the operators used was a vertical panel with an array of jacks and a desk in front with a row of switches and two rows of plugs.  Before automatic exchanges, assistance was required for anything but calls within a party line.  Operators could listen to...
Historic House Walk on September 8th

Historic House Walk on September 8th

Tuesday, September 8th  3:00pm Walk group #1 Register 5:00pm Walk group #2 Register Join this walking tour of historic homes along Indiana and Michigan Avenues. To join this walk, register and then meet on Indiana Ave. at the Carnegie Library Historic Marker to...
One Hundred Years Ago Today

One Hundred Years Ago Today

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Herald in September, 1920. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on...
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