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Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 26

Telephone lines continued to ring true to the plan of Alberta Government Telephones to extend its operations north to Dixonville in 1946 and Battle River Country the following year – first major extension in the Peace Country for several years. Completion, as always, was dependent on availability – equipment, men and good weather. At one point, Battle River Country was served by a part-time telephone system using, sometimes unsatisfactory, Dominion Government Telephone lines.

Beth Wilkins February 23, 2021 Opinion
Weekly Ponderings: People broug…
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Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 25

We discovered subscribers to the first telephone system in the Peace Country were charged $15/year with the agreement – any neighbour could come in and phone the central telegraph office for 10 cents. The first four on the line were on Shaftesbury Trail: the Anglican (River 11) and Catholic (River Lots 21, 22, 23) missions. Each had one, as did the Jean Collins homestead (River Lot 38) and Allie Brick (River Lot 12). This was possible through the work of G.E. McLeod, superintendent of construction – later reeve of the Village of Peace River, and his boomers who erected the poles on which the lines were strung.

Beth Wilkins February 17, 2021 Editorial
Weekly Ponderings: People broug…

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