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The early telephone broke the isolation of rural Manitoba. Seen here are early telephone operators.

Our rural phone

The early telephone was as transformative as the internet is today

The rural phone had at last reached the district. Many there were who fought strongly against its coming, but the few progressive citizens after a hard fight managed to overcome all objections. When the poles and strands of shiny wire were actually on the ground, all felt as though we were given a new world.

In the early days of the MTS operator, cord boards were utilized and operators were required to adhere to a strict dress code.


The original Google — just dial ‘0’

As of January of this year, MTS operators have become non-existent and what was once a lifeline in the community has now become another victim of technology

These days, you can check Facebook or the local website for community information, but before computers there was another source — the local telephone operator. But as of January this year, that job no longer exists in Manitoba. Florence Payne fondly remembers her time as a telephone operator as a position that shaped lifelong friendships