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Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.

Remember EDgewater? Or CIrcle?

Telephone similar to ones in kitchen and basementDo you remember giving out your telephone number as EDgewater 5-7543? Or, if you lived in Jackson, your telephone exchange was CIrcle.

This rotary dial phone was one I picked up used somewhere. It shows a number after area codes were assigned and names phased out. The phone in the basement is one that I talked on when I was a teenager, though. (Mother had been paying a couple of bucks a month to Ma Bell for the phone for 30 or 40 years. I wanted to hang on to it for sentimental reasons, so I paid the phone company a flat fee to own it.)

If you are a phone junkie, there is a site that has pictures of telephone central offices all over the country. Some of the ones in SE Missouri are interesting because they sit on fault lines and have had to be retrofitted for earthquakes.

When I was offered the job of telecommunications manager just before I left for Missouri on vacation in 1991, it dawned on me as I was driving through little towns like Old Appleton that if I took the job, I’d be in charge of more phones than a lot of towns had. I ended up taking the job and doing it until I retired in 2008.

Exchanges for this area

  • Advance – RAmond
  • Benton – KIngsdale
  • Bloomfield = LOcust
  • Cape Girardeau – EDgewater
  • Chaffee – TUlip
  • Jacksopn – CIrcle
  • Sikeston – GRanite

30 comments to Remember EDgewater? Or CIrcle?

  • Dick McClard

    ED5-9349. Upon trying to post this as the phone number only I received an error message about the message being too short and to try again. I hope this comes closer to meeting the requirements of the blog as I am always eager to please. Hopefully I will remember next time I choose to reply. But being old has it’s drawbacks and an imperfect memory is one of them. Please bear with me.

  • Anola Gill Stowick

    How is it that I can remember EDgewater4 -3739 but I can’t remember where I put my keys?

  • Here is a Frony photo of a color telephone display at Southwestern Bell.

    End “One-Phone” problems with handy extension telephones. Only 90 cents a month, plus tax and installation.

  • Bill Stone

    Home phone ED4-3376, who can forget. My grandmother’s number, my cousin’s number, my high school girl friend’s number ED5(I don’t think so). I even remember from the early 1950s before the edgewater number that we were “J” on the old party line but I don’t remember the three digit number anymore. And then there were area codes!

  • Mary Miller

    CO4-4377. Illmo-Scott City was Colony. Grandma’s number was CO4-4415. And we were po box 268 and grandma was box 86. It IS odd how we remember those numbers but I love it!

  • Joe Johnson

    If you’re looking for a used car, then call Junior Samples at BR-549.

  • Sondra Cook

    ED5-3295 — my parents kept the same number for nearly 50 years. Mother was in Ratliff Nursing Home when I had to disconnect the phone; it was a very difficult day for me.

  • Walter Lamkin

    ED5-5066 was–and remains–the Lamkin home phone and our dad still has the wall-mounted set with the rotary dial perched on top. That phone was in our original home on Sunset, though there is no one at AT&T who has the ability to repair it now. Back in the day, there were still ‘party lines’–no, not the political ones–and the sole way a customer could get off of a party line was to get and pay extra for a private line. Our dad gamed the system well. He knew that with six kids in the house the phone would be in constant use, so he kept the party line. Occasionally Southwestern Bell would put someone on it with our family, but they usually lasted only a day or two. I think Southwestern Bell gave Dad a plaque or something for increasing its revenues substantially.

  • stephen r cotner

    my mom’s number was ED5-2151 for years. then st francis moved from good hope out to the highway…their was 335-1251 so after a 100 phone calls for st.francis she got a new number. it still is strange to hear someone in cape that their number isn’t 335 or 334

  • Margi Whitright

    The only Cape phone number I can remember is ours, ED4-2462 but Jerry (who is a whole 11 months older than I am) can remember his 3-digit number from the Ice Age. Oddly, I can remember the “other” exchange in Melbourne, FL when we moved there in 1964 was PArkway, 723-, but for the life of me I can’t remember what ours was. The number was 254-. Selective memory or old age? You decide.

  • Linda Hathaway Morris

    I remember Edgewater phone numbers. Dad had one number for Cape Veterinary Hospital EDgewater 4-1004 it would ring at the house and hospital, in the day time Dad would answer it at hospital and if it was for Mom, he would hang up and they would call back and she would answer.

  • Susan Fee Means

    Our’s was ED4-4501, which has/had been my dad’s phone number since 1962. It outlasted his first marriage to my mom ; ) and it’s ended up outlasting him as he passed away last weekend.

    I still remember the old Hirsch’s Thriftway number, it was ED5-2293.

    I’m sure I recall Mom telling me my grandparents’ three digit phone number was 643 and that’s how she and Dad picked our street address when they built the house in which my sister and I grew up.

  • Keith Robinson

    ED5-5312 reached the Robinson household from August of 1955 until August of 2006 when my dad sold the house.
    It was a different scenario if we needed to call my maternal grandparents just three doors up; we had to dial 1410 then hang up and the phones on both ends of the line would ring. When the phone stopped ringing, you knew that the other end had picked up and then you would pick up the phone to talk.

  • stephen r cotner

    yellow cab was ED5-5533..i could remember that no matter how many drinks i had at either the algier’s lounge or the purple crackle..LOL

  • Terry Hopkins

    Ed5-8644 is still my dad’s phone…I wondered how in the world people could remember ALL those numbers…I think At one time I could remember all my friends and buddy’s phone numbers…now without my trusty cell phone I can not remember even my own phone number!
    I think Bill Bishop’s number was ED4-1392….others, give me a minute.

  • steve carosello

    To this day, I remember my grandparents’ phone number: ED5-6383. Funny how memory works – – and not so funny how it doesn’t.

  • Our first number was ED-52125. I love that number b/c it is the same frontwards and backwards. Our phone was black and it was soooo heavy. You could brain somebody with that receiver.

  • Gail Lindsley

    You could get my mom on ED-42616 for over 40 years. It outlasted her until her passing in 2007. Now where the crap did I put my glasses again?

  • Susan Valle Perry

    ED5-8016…we had that number since Nov 1949. A couple of years ago we had to stop the service. Some day I’ll try that number and see who has it.

  • martha lewis brooks

    I can go back to the 2291M telephone number

  • Mitch

    i still use my phone like this except it is white. the grand kids like to dial and use it. to call out.

  • David Middleton

    I left Cape before the exchanges. Our number was still 2656W and I have never forgotten it although I can not rember the number we had for 27 years and even have trouble remembering my current number that we have had for 13 years. David Middleton

  • Nancy Wilson

    How funny, yes ours was ED4-2153. Can’t believe I remembered it!

  • Nancy Wilson

    How funny, ours was ED4-2153. Can’t believe I remember it!

  • Janet Robert

    We had our ED number for at least 50 years. We have the beige rotary dial as in your picture in our dowstairs office. If the electrcity goes out the portables don’t work and if your cell dies then you are in a jam….but the rotary will work!

  • Sally Bierbaum Dirks

    Our number was ED4-1334. When the 1+ dialing began we had many, many unusual phone calls. The numbers were never even close to our number. The switches were just confused by the repetition of numbers. We also received numerous one ring calls, so no one even moved toward the phone until the second ring.

  • Karen Blyze Paddock

    And there wasn’t a phone in every room so everyone could “share” in the conversations! Mom still has one hanging on a wall in her home. I wish I still had my green princess phone!

  • […] Here’s where you can find out a little bit about EDgewater, CIrcle, RAmond, LOcust, TUlip and GRanite. […]

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