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Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 4
Date 1905
Place 100 Block, South Broadway, east
Description 1905 Sunset Telephone Company staff gathered around the switchboard. Sunset Telephone and Telegraph provided communications along the western seaboard, including Washington and Idaho. The company was founded in 1883 and had 90 subscribers. The company was a major employer of women who often worked as operators. Sunset was eventually bought out by Pacific Bell in 1917.

At the time this photograph was taken, there were 21 subscribers, The office was at the back of the bank building, at Grand Avenue and Lime Street. The original bank was Escondido National Bank. Later it became Bank of America.

Front row left to right: Edward J. Hatch, Manager; Harry Smith, trouble shooter from San Diego; Clarence Anderson, trouble shooter from Escondido; Olga McCorkle (Kernick - born 1881, graduated HS 1900), operator; Pearl Trumbly (Cortright - cam to Escondido in 1905, died August 1959, age 79), operator.
Man in right rear: "Daddy" Black, trouble shooter from San Diego.
Copyright Escondido History Center
Search Terms Business
People Anderson, Clarence
Black, "Daddy"
Hatch, Edward J
McCorkle-Kernick, Olga
Smith, Harry
Trumbley-Cortright, Pearl
Subjects Business
Classification Business & Commerce
Communications & Public Utilities