|Calif. Families McBride Arthur Thomas & Elva Telephone Connection|
In a 2016 shoot out on the Jay Leno show our cousins 170 year old communication technology proved to be faster than current technology.
See two ham radio operators using Morris code with telegraph keys against two guys using texting on their smart phones. Video
Antelope Farmer Lines:
Thomas (Sandy) managed the Farmer Lines in Antelope.
It would have been too expensive to pay the Roseville Telephone Company to install and manage lines out to farms spread out in Antelope.
The Roseville Telephone Company, an independent company run by the Doyle family, was not associated with Pacific Bell, which was part of the Bell System under the original American Telephone and Telegraph company (AT&T) which covered most of the country.
During the war (WW II) wire and other metal products were dedicated to the war effort. So, barbed wire fences were used as transmission lines.
Some lines were on poles, so Sandy had some climbing irons and a climbing belt which we still have at the cabin and have used for tree trimming.
A majority of Bell System subscribers in the mid-20th century were serviced by party line service, so up to 20 people could be connected to one pair of wires.
Private lines were expensive.
Every household had phone # with an exchange name and a one letter code e.g. Antelope-M.
People had magneto phones, where you turned a crank to generate ringing voltage which caused everyones phone to ring.
A ring code was sent to everyone on the line and you knew the call was for you based on the Morse code for your letter e.g. 2 long rings for M. Of course everyone could listen to others conversations. See Telecommunications Technology History at Donsnotes.com
The line was connected to a Roseville Telephone Switchboard operator who you could contact to make a call to Roseville or long distance.
Telephone cable was expensive to manufacture and install.
The outside plant was designed to minimize cost over the long run and maximize flexibility to handle future growth.
The Central Office contained a switch which replaced the switchboard operators to connect calls in your local area or send the call over trunks to a hierarchal network of switches which connected the whole country and eventually the world.
We had people who did Wesley's job giving us input on how the process worked.
I suspect if you could diagram the connections in Westley's brain used to do his job it would look like this. Most boxes in the diagram had other complex functions within them.
In 2007 Verizon pulled fiber thru a conduit to Don's house, which provided phone, Internet and TV service. Don buried the conduit from his basement to the street for that purpose when they built their home in 1990.