My hometown

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Sixty-nine years after I moved away, I still read the West Point News, the weekly in my Nebraska hometown. Recently some items in the paper’s “75 Years Ago” column caught my attention: “February 9, 1933: The Stanton County Courthouse is without a telephone. All but one were to be removed, but it was deemed impractical so all were taken out. Monthly cost was said to be $18.50, or $222 a year.” The Depression had hit Stanton County, and a phone in a courthouse was a luxury.

The column continues: “A number of fire laddies from both companies are spending the nights at City Hall during this cold snap in order to be fully prepared to battle the frigid weather if any alarms are turned in.”

“The Kautz twins, Jean and Joan, celebrated their 12th birthdays.”


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