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.
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
In July 1971 you could save on long distance by calling between midnight and 6 a.m. — a three-minute call was $1 or less ($6.12 in 2015 dollars). That made it cheaper to communicate by telegram, and we reported that the Manitoba Egg and Poultry Association had sent a telegram to Ottawa requesting resumption of