1879 – Milwaukee (Telephone) Exchange Opens

On this date the Milwaukee Exchange opened, providing the city’s first telephone subscriptions. There were 15 customers on the first day. , and did as much as anyone in the early 1880s to make telephones a success. One of the early telephone operators was , a grand-daughter of the fur trader who founded Milwaukee. [Source: , ed. by Howard Louis Conard Vol. II: 16]