When I opened the box I wanted to both laugh and cry at the same time.
Inside was a Telephone Company plastic pocket protector filled with pencils and pens, a couple of screw drivers, a relay burnishing tool, some orange sticks, three or four spudgers, and a few other small tools.
Weldon titled "Old Telephone Men Tell Old Telephone Tales".
It is his personal story of his telephone career with the Bell System.
The following are actual stories told by former employees of the Bell System and current employees of the Baby Bells, AT&T, Lucent, and Bell Labs (minimal editing was done for spelling errors and clarity).
Besides the short stories on this page, we have included a story on a separate page written by George E.
No matter how hard the work was, he loved it and loved the Badlands and could have been happy doing it the rest of his life.
Dad was a radar repairman during WW-II, and when he came home from the Army at the end of the war, he went to work on his brothers ranch South of Kadoka, SD.
Dad started out at the bottom like everyone else, digging holes with a spoon and banjo, and worked his way to the top, climbing poles and hanging ten pin cross arms.To read his almost 50 page story, click My Dad Brad Bradfield grew up as a cowboy.His parents homesteaded inside of what is now Badlands National Park on the wind blown prairie in Western South Dakota, and thats where my Dad was born and grew up.Dad and Mom were both active Telephone Pioneers and worked for years driving the shuttle at Mount Rushmore and in many of the Pioneers other projects.They even got to go to the Pioneers national convention in New York City one year.