Blast from the Past / 1963: May I have your number, please?

Pacific Northwest Bell telephone operators, with headsets on, stand at their work stations at the office in Grangeville on Aug. 4, 1963. They are (from left) Lynn Earp, Jean Cash, Viv Knivila, Angele Hazelbaker, Winnie Briscoe, Carol Schmadeka and Pearl Barnett. Hazelbaker, who worked there for six years, turned 90 this month, and this photo was submitted by her son, Nick Hazelbaker. The dial telephone system came in soon after this photo was taken and the operators no longer were necessary. Readers who would like to share their historical photos from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Questions? Call Jeanne M. DePaul at (208) 848-2221.

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