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October 20, 2021

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My grandfather operated Beaverton's first telephone exchange and my grandmother was the first operator. The whole thing was on the wall at the back of his confectionary store. At the time, Beaverton's population was less than 500 people and there probably weren't more than a couple dozen phones.

My first recollection of telephones was when the number was only four digits and if you called anyone outside of the Beaverton (Mitchell) exchange it was a toll call. The big prediction back then was that one day we'd have video phones, but no one predicted that we'd carry them in our pockets and for some people, their phone would take over their life.

Oregonian switchboard April 1925

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