Transcribed by Crist Middaugh

Alleg. County Reporter, June 28, 1883


Our Telephone System

The superintendent of construction of the New York and Pennsylvania Telephone Company, Mr. F.W. Conn, informs a representative of The Reporter that the Wellsville Telephone Exchange will be ready for business by a week form next Monday at the farthest. There are twenty-eight subscribers to the exchange and the central office will be at Anderson, Otis & Co’s hardware store. Public stations of this size will be established at Scio, Allentown, Richburg and Bolivar. At Richburg connection is made with lines to Olean and Bradford, and Wellsville will thus be placed in telephonic communication with twenty-five or thirty towns in the Bradford oil field.

A line is just completed by the same company from Bradford to Smethport, and work has been begun on a line form Bradford to Warren, PA., over which we will be able to talk with people in the lower oil field. A link is now projected from her to Belmont, nearly the required number of subscribers having been secured to warrant its construction. - From Belmont the line will be extended at an early day, to Friendship and Cuba. The exchange will soon be placed in connection with Hornellsville, and there join a line over which telephone messages can be transmitted to Corning, Addison, Bath, Elmira and Binghamton.