We're getting a chance to restore a piece of my hometown history... An original Telephone Switchboard
Waldport neighbors set up private lines that were maintained by
the owners about 1903. Yachats was first to be served by an organized telephone
company & was extended to Waldport-Eckman Creek area about 1909. A company
was organized at that time & sold shares for $1.00 each. The first office
was in the Central Hotel. In 1914 Bessie & Cora Buker ran a tiny switch
board that could handle only 2 calls at a time. Phone lines went from tree to
tree with many storm repairs. In 1923 Bert & Gertie Weist bought the
company with the office then next to Bland’s Market on Mill street. Ed & Anna
Sells acquired the company in 1932 & moved it to the corner of Spencer & Broadway, where the house still sits..
The US Congress passed an amendment to provide loans to improve rural service.
A non-profit called Pioneer Telephone Coop bought the private enterprise from
the last owner, Mr. Pete Baker, of the Coast Telephone Company in 1950, which
still serves the community.
Thank you Waldport Heritage Museum for the brief history!
According to Pioneer Telephone this switchboard was used in Waldport at some point during its life.
Please keep checking back for updates on the restoration of this fun piece of local history.