"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Phonesrfun, March 14, 2014, 05:47:46 PM
Quote from: Bill GeurtsSo, today's questions led me to the library where there are city directories. Here is what I found out:In 1900 there was a phone company called Inland Telephone and Telegraph Company, located at 7 N. 3rd here in WW, and phone numbers published had the red, white, blue, black and no designations.In 1902 the name of the phone company had changed to Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Company located at the same address, with the color designations.In 1903 the Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company relocated to 113 E. Alder where it remained until the early 1930's. Somewhere in this time frame the color designations were dropped. I need to go back and see if the actual numbers for various listings changed too.By 1908 the name changed to Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, which stayed the same until it became Pacific Northwest Bell.My guess from the information Roger has given and from what I think I know of Bell companies would be that Inland had harmonic ringing in place, and was changed over once the new phone company (Pacific States Tel and Tel) moved to its new location. I am presuming that PST&T was perhaps a Bell Company. PT&T was for sure.So, I guess a genealogy of the phone company here is that it was Inland, then Pacific Coast Tel & Tel, then Pacific Tel & Tel, Then Pacific NW Bell, then US West, then Qwest, now Century Link.Here is a link to a photo of the building that Pacific Tel & Tel occupied until the 1930's when it moved across the street.http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10456.0;attach=60346;imageThis might not be of general interest, but it was fun piecing it together. Particularly since there is nobody that I know of locally that can tell me directly.