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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Sand Creek Telephone celebrates 100th 6.18

Written by David Green.

The numbers tell the story.

As writer Laurie Perkins points out in her history of the Sand Creek Telephone Company, the progression went something like this:

• 30R, the old crank telephone system used by Sand Creek from its founding in 1908 until 1957;

• GE 6-3563, when direct dialing took over from the operator on duty;

• 436-3397, marking the end of the rotary dial phone and the beginning of the digital era;

• 517-260-1947, the cellular telephone.

Private telephone companies were blossoming by the turn of the 20th century, but rural areas were often a little slower to join in.

Sand Creek was established as a stop on the Wabash Railway in 1881 and it wasn’t until 1908 that telephone service was set up.

Investors formed a board of directors and the decision was made to house a switchboard in Edward Tuttle’s store. His wife, Minnie, became the first telephone operator.

Turn the hand crank to power the system and you were soon connected to the operator.

Homes were contacted via a series of long and short rings. The number 30R listed above, for example, referred to line 30 and three short rings. The number seven indicated two short rings and one long...

 

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