Susanville’s Early Telephone History

Cover of Susanville’s first telephone directory. Courtesy of Arthur C. Mathews

First of all, today I want to extend a Happy 95th Birthday to Susanville native, Arthur Cahlan Mathews. Art’s father, Arthur J. Mathews, a San Francisco native went to investigate some issues in Reno, Nevada. There he met W.E. Hills and Scott Hendricks. In the spring of 1910 they formed the California Northern Telephone and Telegraph Company to provide for telephone service for Northeastern California. That fall the Town of Susanville granted the company a fifty-year franchise.  On September 13, 1911, Susanville residents could call long distance anywhere in California.


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