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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)

TITLE: News to share
By Jean C Prentice
07/23/08


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Many of the ranch women in the 1940s had very little communication with other women, so it was a very exciting time when the Telephone became a reality. We were staying with my Dad Grandparents when the word came that the line had reached our valley.
I watched the men as they came with long poles, shovels, and a cook’s wagon. My Great Grandmother was beside herself, as she watched them, lift a long pole and place it in
the hole that they had dug. We were going to have a telephone in her home. Next we watched as they strung a wire from the pole to my Great Grandparent’s roof, and it was here that I was told to hurry and get coffee and cake.
I knew what she was up to and I didn’t want to miss a word that was spoken, the first question asked was” how long before the telephone would be sent” and then “could we have a nice black one to go in the kitchen”. The big man was very nice answering all of her questions and asking for more cake and coffee. The men were gone the next day to the ranch down the road. My Great Grandpa was sent to make sure that everything was done the same way, and to make sure that we received the best.
At last the great day arrived, the telephone was installed in the kitchen, and it was a black one as requested. Each farm house with a telephone had a number of rings on the party line that would be theirs. My Great Grandmother was to have 2 rings to signify that the call was for her. The first night a call came with 3 rings. My Great Grandmother jumped up from the kitchen table picked up the telephone and listened to the conversation. This went on for several weeks giving her news and gossip to share with others, when they stopped by on the way to town. One evening 4 rings came, Great Grandmother jumped up listened, “yelled I am not” and hung up. She was hopping mad when she got back to the table, telling us that one of the women on the telephone said “I bet that old biddy is listening in again”. She never answered the telephone again


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Sara Harricharan 07/24/08
ROFL! I love that ending, too funny! This was a great glimpse into the past world of the phones and I liked the touch of humor at the end. Nicely done-thanks for sharing! ^_^
Sharlyn Guthrie07/26/08
It's amazing to think how communicaqtion has changed in such a relatively short time! Thanks for sharing this story. As a tip for easier reading, remember to leave space between your paragrahs next time. Keep writing!