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The early telephone system is the answer for Week 189 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: The first of its kind in Idaho

Tuesday: The first section went from Greer to Weippe.

Wednesday: The next section went from Greer to Orofino.

Thursday: Founder was from a pioneer Weippe family

Friday: It helped speed communication.

Saturday: Now people can carry similar devices in their pocket

In 1902, Samson Snyder, the son of a pioneering Weippe family, built the first telephone line in Clearwater County from Weippe to Greer. In 1908, he continued that line from Greer to Orofino. In 1923, he sold the line to Interstate Telephone Company and by 1926 they converted the exchange to a dial system that was the first in Idaho. (Reference: Orofino, Idaho: The Preservation of a Culturaland Historical Past by Katie Eichert)

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