McCune Telephone Patrons Miss That 'Personal' Touch By LAWRENCE A. BARRETT The Pittsborg Headlight McCune, Kan. (API—When l''is southeastern Kansas community switched over to the dial system this month it lost the services of three veteran telephone operators with a total of about 00 years on the job. Mrs. Elsie Rtidisill, a switchboard operator for 44 years, knew everyone's phone number and name so well that the patrons did not need to give her a number in TONIGHT 11:00 On The Screen ... . CO-HIT— All Seats $1.00 Tcliptioin.- BR. 6;«02 : I order to get the desired party, j She also served the community in '. supplying the time, weather re; ports, locations of fires, condition of roads and other information. j Mrs. Elsie Cockcrill had 25 i years of switchboard work. Mrs. Marie Foster was with the phone i company for 20 years. McCurts had still a fourth telephone operator, Mrs. Frank Dun- I nick, but she had been with the j company a comparatively short time. The first telephone line came into McCune in 1899. The old "home" or Kinlock system provided only long distance service for a time but in 1902 the first rural telephone line was built and the old-fashioned, hand - crank, battery-operated telephones made an appearance. A telephone line connected the communities of Sherman and McCune shortly afterward with the Southwestern Bell system taking over the long distance system in J91fi The local system is owned and operated by the Craw-Kan Teipphone Cooperative of Girard. Many McCune telephone users, although pleased with the new and fast dial system, say they mis-; the cheery greetings of operators' voices. And they also say the personal touch is missing, paiticularly when trying to locate someone whose telephone does not answer. No longer can they hear the operator say: "The man you are calling just stepped into the bank. I'll call him there for you." Or: "I'm sorry, Josephine, that line's busy. 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