Bruce working at Ft. Hamilton Hughes Memorial Hospital in January, 1972
BRUCE SMILEY Is pictured at the switchboard at Fort Hamilton - Hughes Memorial Medical Center. — Journal-News photo by Chu ck Elliott. Who Said This Is Women's World? By CHRIS WHEELER Journal - News Staff Writer If a man answers — don't hang up! That, is, if you dialed Fort Hamilton - Hughes .Me"In morial Hospital center. Bruce Smiley, 5863 Princeton - Glendale Road, is relief switchboard operator at the hospital. Beginning his third week on the switdhboard, he said he like the work. Discharged from the Marine Corps on Dec. 9, Smiley was Hamilton Hotel Sold; Plan Apartment Units By JIM NEWTON Journal - News Staff Writer The purchase of the Hamilton Hotel, 118 S. Second St., and the proposed remodeling of the four'- story, structure into 36 apartment units, was announced today by Fred Estop, president ° ft Este P Enterprises, 21 N. E St. The 73 - rooms hotel was sold by. Ben Strauss, 375 Columbia Road, wttio has owned the property for the last 16 years. The The Butler County Recorder's Bell Keeps 'Fail-field' Officials of Cincinnati Bell nc. announced today that the office reports that the title transfer indicates the propeirty was sold for approximately $85,000. Estep Estep said today that he plans to spend more than $480,000 to completely 'renovate the building, providing 24 one bedroom apartments and 12 two - bedroom units on the second, third and fourth floors, with tihe first floor to include offices as well as a social center for residents of the apartment house. The new owner said the apartments will contain complete complete kitchen units, wall - to - wall carpeting, and a new elevator will ibe installed in the •building. Estejp said he expects the apartments to be ready for occupancy in seven months. in communications. While a member, of the Corps, ho operated a switchboard. He also served in Vietnam for a year. A native of Mount Victory, Ohio, Smiley was a barbep before "entering the Marine Corps. With longer hair styles, there isn't as mudh demand for barbers as before he entered service. Since there was an- opening at Fort Hamilton - Hughes, he applied for the job and was hired. He is married to the former B ayes of Hamilton and the couple has a three-month - old daughter, Elizabeth Ann. According to Cincinnati Bell, Inc., more and more men are applying for jobs on switchboards. switchboards. The Kentucky Post and Times - Star has a fulltime male switchboard operator and so does Railway Express in Cincinnati. Parttime operators man boards at Providence Hospital and Christ Church in Cincinnati. Although the percentage is minute, it is definitely on the upswing. The telephone company in Cincinnati trains students from. University of Cincinnati for relief PBX. operators. Maybe this is Women's Liberation in reverse.