The One-Man Telephone System (Mar, 1956)
I love this. Of course it might be tough to compete when you’re only offering 16/7 telephone service.
Meet Bob Wilcox
The one-man telephone system for his town’s 370 party-line patrons.
BOB WILCOX, President of Inland Telephone Company of Caledonia, Mo., a tiny hamlet with only 370 party-line customers, can be found almost any day atop a pole fixing a wire. No deskbound executive, Wilcox is also business manager, maintenance man, installation and repair man and part-time switch-board operator. This one-man telephone system works 16 hours a day, seven days a weekâ€”and he likes his job. Maintaining 40 miles of line takes up most of his time. While he’s out during the day, his wife runs the switchboard. Wilcox takes over in evening while she catches up on her housework. Cranking a wall phone to get the Wilcox switchboard, a caller will simply say, “Bob, get me Aunt Mary.” Such a call is put through without delay. Most of Inland’s patrons pay $1.50 a month for party-line service.