Telephone History of Culver
1895 - July 15 - Be it further remembered that the following ordinance was presented which ordinance is No 8
An Ordinance for providing for the erection an operation of a telephone exchange or System of Telephones in the the town
of Marmont, in Marshall county in the state of Indiana and granting a franchise for the same to the Plymouth telephone company
Sec I Be it ordained by the trustees of the Town of Marmont Marshall county Indiana that there there be and is here - by
granted to the Plymouth Telephone company, their successor and assigns, the right and privilege of using the streets, alleys
and public grounds of said town and also of such territory as my here after be incorporated and included within the limits of
said town, and also of such territory as may here - after be incorporayed and included within the limits of said town for erection,
construction and maintenance and use of poles, posts, masts, arms, wires, and all other necessary appliances required to perperly
and successfull construct and operate a telephone exchamge or system of Telephones in said town
Sec. II In the erection of poles, posts, masts, arms and such other appliances as are referred to in Section I of this ordinanace in
and on the streets, allesy or public grounds in sasid Town, the said Plymouth Telephone Company, their successors or assigns shall
use reasonable diligence and skill, and shall not unnecessarily obstruct the same, or interfere with the usual and ordinary use
thereof. Said poles, posts, masts, arms, wires and other appliances shall be so placed as not to endanger or interfere with the
usual and ordinary use of any of the buildings in said town nor with any water drain or sewer pipe or with any telegraph property
now in said Town and the placing of all poles and posts or other appliances shall be under the supervision and direction of the
said board of Trustees.
Sec. III The Telephone exchange or system of Telephones and all instuments, appliances and service to be erected, operated
and furnished under this ordinance shall be as complete and effiecient as the telephone exchanges, systems, instruments and
appliances furnished and in general use
Sec IV Said Plymouth Telephone Company their successors or assigns, shall not ber required to make connection with a telephone
owned by any other person, nor furnish sevice for such person when bu so doing the general service will be impaired
Sec. V Nothing contained in this ordinance shall be taken or construed to prevent or delay the said Plymouth Telephone company
their successors or assigns from constructing, maintaining or operating toll lines in said Town under such restrictions as are herein
Sec. VI And it is hereby expressly provided that the said Board of Trustees shall and will at meeded times pass such resolutions and
by laws ncessary to fully protect the property and rights of the said Plymouth Telephone Company and further that the violation
of the conditions and stipulatins of this ordinance by the said Plymouth Telephone Company shall operate as a forfieture of their
rights and privileges hereunder at the option of the said Board of Trustees of the said Town of Marmont
T B Harris Pres. of the Board of Trustees
attest Chas Zechiel Clek of town of Marmont
On motion which was duly seconded and carried said ordinace was passed and accepted as read and ordered to be made part
of the record.
1895 - August 5 - Ordinance No. 8 granitng francise to the Plymouth Telephone Company was then read for its second reading
A motion was made by Trustee Castlelman which was also duly seconded by Trustee Geisleman that said ordinance be put
on its final passage on its sceond reading. The yeas and nays were taken, Trustees T. B. Harris, J. H. Castleman and E. W.
Geiselman voting in the affirmative. There being no votes in the negative the president, T. B. Harris declared saind motion
carried, and declared said motion carried, and declared said ordinance passed and adopted as read.
1898 - Apr 15 - J.B. Skinner, manager of the long-distance telephone at Logansport is in town looking after the interests
of the phone station at this place, which will have to be moved from the Colouade hotel to some other quarters.
1898 - Apr 22 For fear there might be some misunderstanding relative to the removing of the telephone station from the
Colonade hotel, as mentioned in last week’s edition, we wish to state the phone station will be removed because the new
landlord, who will tako possession May 1st, desires to utilize the space it occupies in order to have more office room. Mr.
Postlethwaite has given great satisfaction as manager of the station and the company greatly appreciated his services.
1898 - Apr 29 The long distance telephone station is now located at Geo. Vories
the residence. Miss Daisy will have charge of the office.
1904 Jun 2 - The long distance telephone office, conducted by Mrs. George Voreis, is being remodeled and will
be made uptodate in every respect.
1905 Apr 13 - Rural Telephones.
The convenience of Bell telephone in your is not fully appreciated until you have tried it. Once tried you
would not be without it for double the cost. Inquire of your neighbors who have had telephones.
The Central Union Telephone Company (Bell) is extending its lines out among the farmers within
a radius of five to seven miles of Culver. Some thirty-five or forty farmers are to be connected up
with Culver Exchange within the next two weeks and those farmers that have not signed contracts, de-
siring telephone service at their house are requested to call at the Company’s Exchange at Culver on
Saturday, April 15th and consult with a representative of the Central Union Telephone Company,
who will be pleased to answer all questions in connection with rural telephone service.
The estimate for tho construction and building of the farmer lines will close Saturday night and those
desiring telephone service this summer had better make arrangements by Saturday next
1905 - May 4 - The Bell telephone vo. has completed the construction og a rural line.
1905 - June 29 The Bell telephone company has 95 subscribers here and more
names are., being added almost daily
1905 - Sep 14 - Mr. Tolbert, of Indianapolis and Mr. Skinner, of Logansport were in town Tuesday looking after the
interests of the Central Union Telephone Line. Culver is getting to be an important point for the company
and many improvements will be made in the near future
1905 - Nov 30 The Central Union Telephone Company has leased a suit of rooms in the new- Osborn Block
for fifteen years. New booths, furniture, etc., will be bought and Culver will have one of, the bes
equipped telephone stations in this section. We understand that new rural lines will be built soon, and
on account of tho greatly increasing business, a new switchboard for two operators will be installed.
Note these rooms were above 111 S. Main
113 S. Main
in the Osborn Block
1906 - Apr. 5 - The removal of the telephone exchange has not been
effected although it is understood that quarters in the Osborn block
have been rented for some time. The new location will be more
central as well as comfortable for the onperators.
1906 - Aug 2 - Canvassing for subscriptions to stock in the home telephone
company is still going on
||1906 - the Sanborn map shows that the telphone exhange was in a building on what today is the Carnigie
library building property|
1909 - AUg 16 - Farm Telephone
Every farmer who desires telephone connection with Culver is requaested to call Thursday or Firday of this week
at the Culver telephone office and leave his name.
This is for the p[urpose of enadling the committee of citizens appointed last Friday night and the telephone
compant to ascertain more definitely the needs of the farmers and also in what directions the company will be
justified in extending it lines.
1909 - Mar 12 - The Central Union telephone repairmen, who have been doing repair work in this vicinity
since the big sleet storm of Feb. 14, went to Logansport Tuesday. Earl Brown, Lon Patesel and
Clark Bogardus went with them.
1909 May 20 New Telephone Franchise is GIven
The Town board at its meeting Monday night granted a 50 year franchise for the use of the
streets to Robert C. McFarland and associated, their heirs and assigns.
This settles an agitation which has interested the public for some years.
A similar application was rejected three years ago, but apparently sentiment has meantime
grown more favorable to the independent interests.
1909 May 27 - The Independent Telephone
R. C. McFarland, to whom the town has granted a telephone franchise, desires to say
throught the Citizen that he will give the people of Culver an opportunity for the next
30 days to organize a company under his franchise.
If no action has been taken at the end of that period he will fell at liberty to enter into
negotiations with out side parties
Two companies, he says, stan ready to build an exchange in Culver and connect with the
existing independent lines.
Both are said to have ample capital to construct a first-class plant and are ready to begin
This is a matter of importance and should receive full consideration
1909 Jun 24 - New Telephone Manager
S.L. Bulter having tendered his resignation as manager of the local Bell exchange, whas checked
out last week and his office turned over to A. R. Keith of Chicago, recently with the Western
Mr. Butler left Tuesday for Indianapolis where Mrs Butler has been staying for several weeks
1910 - October 20, Work on Telephone Lines
Considerable Money Spent on the Exchange in Culver
The Central Union Telephone Company has completed the new constrcution work which
a gang has been engaged on here since early July.
A new trunk-line cable has been carried to the acacademy and to the East side exchange,
adding 100 lines to the capacity of the Culver exchange, whic is now has a total of lines.
The cost of the work has been over $2300.
Manager Keith says that some extenison of the rural lines are also in comtemplation for the
1912 - Jul 4 - Telephone Construction
The Central Union has a gang of about thirty men who will be busy here for a month longer stringing
a cable to the East side exchange.
When the work is finisher, most of the wires will have disappeared from the poles.
Material for a new switch board in the Culver exchange is arriving. Thee sections will be constructed - two
to take the place of the present board, and one for an additional operator.
1914 - May 7 - Changes in Telehpone Force.
Herman Sayger has resigned his position as night operator and Clara Wiseman has taken his place. In preparation for
the summer business Vera Zechiel and Leona Geisleman have been added to the force.
Four-party residence and rural phones have been practically discontinued as the new reate for an independent
phone is but 25 cents more that the four party phone.
1916 - Dec 1 - Terhune Man Promoted. Card Colby formerly of Terhune and Lafayette, has been promoted by
the Bell Telephone company as manager of their exchange at Culver , Ind., on Maxinkuckee Lake. He has assumed
his new duties and will move his family there early in December Sheridan News, Friday, December 01, 1916, Sheridan,
1919, Feb 19 - Private Telephone Exchange
Manager COlby this weel closed a contract with the academy for the installation of a private
exchange for the school, with a common battery switchboard for 40 stations.
There are already over 20 stations at the school, but each station has to be called from
central - a matter of delay and trouble to all concerened.
Under the private exchange arrangement on coll to central rings up the school exchange
where connection is made with every department except the farm which, by reason of its
distance from the school, will remain as a seperate call from cnetral.
Thirty days will be sufficient time for installing the exchange if equipment is received at once.
1919 Apr 30 - Forty foot poles are replacing the shorter poles through town to
carry the telephone wires to Kewannans. A gang of eight or ten men are dooing the
1919, Nov 19 - Telephone Rates Restored
The Indiana public service commission Saturday resumed complete jurisdicition over all
telephone matters in the state, following the ruling of Judge Ewbank in circuit court
holding the Burleson rates and tolls illegal.
I a commumication issued by the commission it also points out that the installation and
moiving charges intiated by the federal department in Decmebr are likewise illegal,
because these telephone charges habe not been approved by the commission.
The commission announces that it "will regulate telephone rates and service
regardless of Mr. Burleson's orders."
1919, Nov 12 - Telephone Meeting -
About 20 men met at the library last night to discuss the telephone situtation.
A hearing to consider the retention of the present rates when the company is
turned back by the government to itsowner, the Central Union, on Dec. 1 is
scheduled in Indianapolis for Nov. 17.
The local contention is that the present rates are to high considering the service given.
W. O. Osborn will represent the local objectors.
1919 - Nov 19 - The Telephone Controversy
W. O. Osborn, C. W. Newman, C. E. Medbourn, Earl Zechiel, J. P. Walter and Manager Colby were in Indianapolis
Monday to presnet ecidence before the public service commision in the case of the application of the Centraul Union
Telephone Co. for a continance of the present rates established when the government took ove the relephon systems
of the country, plus ad additon of 15 per cent for rural line.
Attorney Osborn sough to show that the valuation owhich the company places upon the Culver system as a basis
for the present rates is to high, that there are parties reay to but the system at a fair cash valuation, and that the
sevice is limited and unsatisfactory.
The commission heard the evidience and will render a decision at a date not yet known.
1920 - Feb 25 - The new rates granted the telephone comanies by the Public Service Commission make no change at Culver except in
two instances. The rural business rate is raised to $2.25 from $2, and the rural residence rat to $1.65 from $1.50
1920 - Jun 20 - Increased Phone rates class
The Indiana Bell Telephone company Friday filed a petition with the Public Service Commission asking for the authority to
put into effect temporarily an increased schedule of rates for service at 35 exchanges, including Culver, operated by the
company in Indiana. The advertisement in this issue will explaine.
1920 Jun 9 - The local telephone office handled 230 toll messages Monday. Two operators did the work
The hearing of the petition of the Indiana Bell Telephone Co. for a raise of rates at Culver is set for
June 21 at Indianapolis
Manager Colby asks us to notify the public that owing to the restriction in the line of material it will be
impossible to accept any more orders for installing phones except in cases of absulute emerency or
1922 - Aug 23 - Phine Icrease Denied - Indianapolis, Auf. 11 Petition of the Indiana Bell Telephone Co.
for and increas in toll rates covering all exchanges in INdiana, was denied today. The Public Service commission
in refusing to grant the increased rates declared the present rates are on a parity with Bell rates in other
states and that the desired increase was "Unjust and unreasonable".
||On Aug 21, 1924 - Ezra E Hawkins gave right of way and granted Indiana Bell Telephone
company to maintain thier lines of telephone and telagraph including necessary poles and
equipment. On April 20, 1933 he had to re-affirm this agreement NOTE this was at 419 S. Main Street|
1943 - Apr 21 - V. G. Kerceval Nammed Local Phone Manager - ... is also manager of the Mishawaka
office and will continue in that caoacity and live in Mishawaka...
1945 - May 30- - New Telephone Manager - J. Woodrow Mitchell, of South Bend, has been appointed
manager of the Mishawaka-Culver exchanges of the Indiana Bell Telephone Co., succeeding J. E.
Flanagan, who has been transfered to Muncie.
1947 FEBRUARY 5 — Howard J. Maxey, plant man here for the Indiana Bell Telephone Company, has been promoted
to wire chief at Peru, and Wilbur Rollen has been assigned o fill the vacancy at the local exchange.
1948 - Jan. 21 - Indiana Bell Telephone Co. has purchased the lot at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Main
and School Streets and plans to construct a new telephone building and establish dial service in
Culver at a later date.
||to the left is the property that one belonged to the Indiana Bell compant or they rented.|
Sometime during this period the telephone exchange office was located on Lakeview St. the first house
(230 Lakeview St. now 228 N Lakeview St.) just south of 415 Lakeshore (which then was the Ford garage)
1953 July 29 The Culver exchange of Indiana Bell Telephone Company is being manned by one-third of the normal staff
of 21 operators during the strike which began a week ago today.
1953 - AUGUST 5 - The telephone strike continues here in town
1953 - AUGUST 19 - An explosion of undetermined origin early Tuesday morning, preceded
by a holley of rocks that crashed through four windows of the telephone exchange at
230 Lakeview St., marked the first local violence atrributed to the telephone strike.
1953 - September 16 - the Indiana Bell Telephone Company and Its workers, including the 21
operators at the Culver exchange, worsens as the strike begins Its ninth week.
1953 - Sep 23 - The two-month-old lelephone strike 1s over and the 21 Culver operators at
the Culver exchange are back on the job
1956 - (built) - Indiana Bell Telephone Company - 1956-1984, Parent company AT& T 1920-1983
1956 - Aug 25 - The telephone technicians moved into the new telephone building here this week to start
installation of the dial switching equipment that will bring dial service Culver>
Note this was 101 E. Lakeshore
1957 - February 27 Indiana Bell has announced the appointment of Richard S. Musser
as manager of the Culver telephone exchange.
1957 - Dec 18 - Indiana Bell Adds EIght More Cities to Direct Dialing
EIght more cities have been added to the Direct Distance Dialing list for Culver telephone useres,
Indiana Bell Manager Richard Musser said today.
Six of the new cities to chich customers may dial their own long distance call are in Indiana -
Plymouth, Boubon, LaPax, North Salem, Jolietville, and Jamestown. Also added are Dayton, Ohio
and Fort Worth, Texas.
Musser said the DDD list now includes 18 million phones in 1,939 cities.
1962 - Oct 31 Culver Telephone Users Will Make Change Nov. 5
Culver telephone users will make a change next week in their procedure for paying bills and conducting other types of business
transactions with Indiana Bell. David S . Orr, manager for the company, says the changes will be for the better.
Beginning Monday (Nov. 5), the telephone company will close its business office on Lakeshore Drive in a move designed, Orr explained,
"to provide more convenience f o r our customers."
Telephone bills may be paid, after the change, either by personal visit to Kline' s Appliance and TV Store at 120 North Main Street or by
use of self-addressed envelopes provided by the company.
"Kline's is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, including the noon hour," Orr pointed out. "This wlill give
customers considerably more hours per week in which to transact telephone business."
Persons seeking information about telephone service will continue to dial VI2-3301 but the calls will he answered by IBT service
representatives in South Bend. Special equipment will switch the calls to South Bend automatically.
Installation and repair service, Orr emphasized, will not be affected by the new arrangements.
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