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The Montpelier Examiner, July 23, 1909


Telephone lines to Sharon: Ex-county commissioner Sam Hymas of Sharon, was in town last Saturday.  They stated the people of his section were feeling jubilant over the fact that they would soon have telephone connection with the balance of the county.  The line which is being constructed in Liberty, Lanark and Sharon, is being built jointly by the Forest Service and people of those settlements.  The forest service furnished the wire, insulators and brackets, while the farmers are supplying the poles, setting them and stringing the wire.  A rental of about $7 a year will be charged by the telephone company for the use of the phones and free service will be given to Paris and Montpelier.

Making flying trips to Soda: Dr. King made a flying trip to Soda Springs last evening in response to a telegram stating that a little daughter of John Austin, a prominent sheep man of that place, had a severe attack of ptomaine poison.  Mr. Austin ordered a special train to convey the doctor to Soda.  The train, consisting of an engine and one coach in charge of Conductor Wood and Engineer Rasmussen at the throttle, made the 31 mile run inexactly 31 minutes.  The special returned several hours later, after the doctor had administered all the relief possible to the child.  A telephone message to the doctor this morning stated that the little girl was resting very comfortably and would probably recover.  The special train cost Mr. Austin $130.


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