The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 3, 1949 · Page 28
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 28

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, October 3, 1949
Page 28
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'PAGE'.TWELVE. BLrTHEVTLLE (ARK.V COURIER OTEWS • !& 350 Telephones Installed in'49 ",',-. :' i '-'.•"•>. ;.... Telephone Compony Reports 165 Per Cent :^ Increase Since 1942 --.' .'?A total of 350 telephones has been installed In Blyiheville during the first eight months of this year although shortages of labor and material still prevail, according to Truman L. Scott, local manager for _Soutweslcrn Bell Telephone Co. '.This puts the present number of telephones In (he Blylheviile exchange at more than 4.300—an increase of more than 165 per cent • over the numbpr in life here in March, 1942, when the city changed from manual to dial telephone aervice. ' ''The expansion and Improvement .'•f', Blytheyille's telephone service -during the war and postwar years 'was cited by Mr. Scott as a "yard• atlct" for measuring the city's, growth. .In addition to a half-million dollar expansion program, the installation of a coaxial cable from St. Louis to Memphis via Blyiheville has im- i proved long distance facilities and at the same time boosted local ser- : vice by making available lines "re- j placed" by the cable. | "Folks In Blytheville are using! their telephones more, too," Mr. | Scott said. "The number of local! calls per average day has increased . more than 120 per cent since 1940, I while the number of long distance calls a day has increased more than 150 per cent." Demand Increases '.-There has been a' marked increase in the demand for telephone service [ In rural areas served by the Biy- thevllle exchange. At the time of j 'the 1 dial conversion .there were 102 i rural telephones connected to the' ]31ythevit]e central office. Today j .there are more than 440 rural tele- i phone subscribers at Hlytheville—; almost 300 of these have been added , since V-J Day. I \ r Further indication of the extent I of telephone growth and demand J for service'is the fact that less than j 22.per cent of the families in Bly- j thevilte had telephone service in ; ^ December 1940. while the present | (figure Is more than 42;per cent.-- f ^. "Bh/theville," the manager ; re- j p fealled, "was the'fourth Arkansas ' ! City to get dial• telephoned It" was. preceded only by Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Jonesbdro." , ' . j v An addition to the telephone of- ' flee at Second anpV.Ash'Slreets.-Wasq : completed early in 1942 for the pur- : I pose of housing the new dial switch- • . ing equipment. Two more additions to the building, which were com- - pleted lust year, were necessary to .provide more space for dial switching facilities. Spend Half Million - : Since the end of the war, the telephone company has carried on a program of improvement and ex 7 ' pahsion in Blytheville at an estti jonated gross cost in excess of half a ttilllion dollars. The greater part of ..this money was spent for such items 'is poles, wire, cable, dial switching .•quipment, and long distance "carrier" equipment In a continuing effort to provide Blytheville with more and better telephone service, Mr. Scott said. .. . Despite thU big expansion and improvement program, there are ,ltill 433 people waiting for telephone aervice In Blytheville. .These do not Include the same 313 people who were wailing lor service at the war's end. The waiting list has "turned ; over" many times .with few excep- ' tJorur. ' . 'V "As fa*t as money and manpower permit, we are putting in new cable and switching equipment to provide those on the' waiting list with telephones," the manager said. Recent years have seen a rapid Increase in the demand for long distance telephone service. Keeping pace with this demand, the company has doubled the number of .long distance circuits in use here at the time of the dial conversion, according to Mr. Scott. I ; Forty-six "long haul" telephone I circuits are available to Blytheville i telephone customers now and seven i more circuit* are scheduled to be put in operation by the end of this yean Of the 46 circuits now In use. 19 have been placed In service since the end of Ihe var. Toll Calls Boosted Last spring, Blylheville's long distance facilities got a boost when the long distance coaxial telephone cable linking St. Louis, Memphis, and ackJson. Mississippi, was placed in service. One of the main repealer stations of this cable is located In Blytheville. Installation of the coaxial cable Increased the number of direct circuits from Blytheville. to St. Louis from two to four and will add riiore circuits from Blythevilte to Memphis.' The coaxial cable project was a Joint undertaking of Southwestern Bell, Southern Bel! Telephone Company, and the Long Lines Department of the American Telephone COI.I.EOE COTTON - A slim stemmed cordurory skirt is a perfect toil for this musketeer cordurorj coat that swirls out In a huge windswept flare from a sharply ctcheo shoulder l!no. Port collar and cuffed porkds accent (lie importance of points for (all. The roll-brim bean•'• :.;.' .. '*<«"y, too. By Korct ot California, .. . . i and Telegraph Company. Repeater stations, such as the one Jiere, are spaced along the path of [he cable at approximately eight- mile Intervals and house amplification equipment. This equipment bolsters the strength of the electrical currents carrying conversations' through the cable, which diminish rapidly and must be renewed at frequent Intervals. The cable runs underground and thus is protected against damage from storms, fires, floods, falling tree limbs, and other common menaces to aerial lines. ; Contains Kight Tuhn The coaxial cable contains eight hoilo'iV coaxial lubes, each about three-eighths of an ince In diameter and made of copper. In the center of each tube L? a copper wire about the size of a pencil lead, held in place by insulating discs. The cable is called "coaxial" because the tube and wire have the same axis. Although capable of carrying television with additional equipment, the coaxial cable was laid primarily for long distance circuit.*. A coaxal lube can carry an extremely wide band of frequencies. At cable terminals, Individual voice channels are precisely selected and set apart by crystal filters similar to Incise used In radio for tuning in a single station: By this method, the coaxial cable can carry as many as 2,400 conversations simultaneously when fully equipped. Aside from the direct circuits—to* St. Louis and Memphis — gained through the coaxial cable, Blytheville's long distance call service was improved further by the cable since it released open wires formerly used for ;long distance calls, for local we. 1 ' Amendment to Limit Presidential Terms Still Far From Being Adopted By'l'he Astocfafed Pros The proposed constitutional amendment to limit future U.S. president to two terms gained little ground "lis year, It was approved by North Dakota and South Dakota. That raised the total of states that have ratified it to 23. It must have the approval of 13 more before It can go Jnto effect. A survey showed the • proposition had lostm uch of its early momentum, Congress started the proposrl twenty-second amendment on the round of state legislatures in March, 1947. It gave the states seven years, or until March. 1954, to make up their minds about it. If 36 states accept B befor* Uu deadline, It wilt become law. The amendment was itUted In 1847 by 18 states—Maine, Michigan Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, Illinois, Delaware, Vermont California, New Jersey, Wisconsin Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Missouri and Connecticut. New York, Virginia and Mlssiss- ir;.: followed suit in' 1548 But only the two Dakota! approved the amendment In 1949. , '••'• Tills was a rough year for'the proposal. Resolutions to ratify were defeated or sldetra-ked" In Utih, Nevada, Idaho, Minnesota, Miry- land, Massachusetts, InHHna, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Washington, Wyom'ng and Alabama. • MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1949 D D Dumas & Co 806 Cotton Exchange Bldg. Memphis, Tcnn. y and is another The arrival of K, ng Cotton means much to Blytheville and it's people . of the many promotions that make Blytheville a better place to live vou t^lpHh P ° S f 24/ ' T V /S ' dl;I f Ut drlVe f ° elimina ^ Grille delinquency, pauses with you to stress the value of it's youth activity program, on the tenth anniversary of King Cot- Lea9Ue ' Junior Basebal! Ieaaue and the OratoricarCon- s UC ceunH P ro ™ ted b V ^ American Legion These promotions have been hev Me has e^ivSl ^ h-'^V Ch ' efly res P onsible for ^e statewide recognition Bly- Theville has rece.ved in curbing delinquency among 'teen agers. the mem,4T/hl 0 nnH U f ^iT ^ ?A '*, ° nue , thats P eaks we " for itself ' and certainly deserves . .™OIN TODAY ^^ 9 PerS ° a ' f y ° U ° re e ' igib!e ' Qndn0t ° member • •DUDCA/CN

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