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Mr. in the interests o n t n d called In all his friends and neighbors to hear the programs, so the early subscribers for the telephone, found their friends and neighbors ready to take a look at the instrument and to take a chance on the. new experience , of talking for miles." When the Cincinnati company and McMac'kcu merged their interests, a new location for an exchange wa/i obtained at 230 High street, and there it remained until 1906 when the Bell company moved into its present home at Second Ludlow streets. As. additional'' subscribers 'were obtained, it became necessary to arrange a new system of calling instead of tho old one of calling by; name.' Numbers were 'substituted- and because of bis pioneer service, number one was given to Mr. See. The company also began the construction of lines to the i-illasÂ»- .creaboufc and in a few years, then vas hardly a town in Butler bat was not connected w i t h TMtskle ivorld by telephone. Telephones Increase This did not mean, however, subscribers , were plentiful, as people would consider 'them today. Records of tho Bell company show that on March 1, 1884, thoro were only 91 telephones in Hamil:on. This had increased to 251 by January 1, 1808, 396 by 1900, 1272 by 1900/2430 by M09 and 5570 by 1923. The pro-depression peak was in April, 1930, when vcro 10,742 phones out of the Hamilton office. In 1902, the Hamilton Home :elephono company was organized jy local inteiVof.i with A. B. [ord as the first manager. The offices were located at Second and Market streets over the present Dargue Drug store. Following Mr. Crawford, Gilbert Tliomjgon was manager for several years and he was succeeded by Frank Binkley who liolil the position until a short t i m e before was taken* over in 1910 by the c i n n a t i and Suburban HP'! Telephone company. James \V;:l!:er \vas manager and wire chief at !l:e l of the sale.