Telephone Directories Preface
by John Cardiff
On 1 May 2015, site visitor Donna
Bonaccorso emailed us scans of Norfolk Telephone Directories
which we transcribed and provide here (Simcoe)
and here (Rural).
Since we cannot confirm the
source document or its accuracy, acceptance of this data is left to
your discretion. (The few entries we have confirmed were accurately
reported.) Both directories seem to be for telephone companies
managed by Simcoe resident C. A. Austin, but neither list
identifies the name of the publishing telephone company.
After comparing directory
entries with other historical records we concluded these
directories are "circa 1909." Sheriff Snider's term of
office was 1908-1918, so we assume that is the possible date range.
W. D. Battersby died in 1914, reducing the range. Hiram Bowlby's
widow died in 1909, about the time H. A. Stringer was appointed
manager of Dominion Natural Gas Company in Simcoe.
Most entries in these circa
directories are for south Norfolk. Waterford, Delhi, Courtland, and other
communities seem excluded.
companies served other regions of the county
-- see 1913
Norfolk Telephone Co.
-- see North
Norfolk Phone appeals.
-- see 1914
Simcoe Telephone Changed.
Liberties were taken in
transcribing the contributed scans. Those wishing to compare our
transcriptions against the source scans provided are encouraged to
check out the enhanced scans below. (We ran them through Photoshop
Elements to enhance readability.)
Those interested in early
telephone directories may want to also review our transcription of
Norfolk County Telephone Directory.