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Telephone system’s 1911 upgrade stumps residents

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Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:00 am

Cellphones and telephones have become an essential part of our lives today, but in 1911 the telephone was still a fairly rare device — and often mystifying to users.

In May 1911, Lodi had about 900 telephone subscribers, less than a third of the city’s population. That month, Lodi’s Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company upgraded the entire system, prompting four newspaper stories explaining how to use the new, more modern system.

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