Vintage Photo Shows Early 1920s Farmington Switchboard Operators

Operators connected Farmington area residents while working on the second floor of the Farmington State Bank building, now the Village Mall.

This week's AT&T cellular phone outage got us thinking about a time when all phone service was delivered across wires, rather than through the air.

Our featured historical photo, published in Farmington: A Pictorial History, by Lee Peel, shows two young women operating the Farmington switchboard sometime during the early 1920s. Their office was on the second floor of the Farmington State Bank building, which is now the Village Mall, at the corner of Farmington Road and Grand River. 

You can find Peel's book at the Farmington Community Library.

To learn more about current events, browse through the list below. We've also included a list of events for which you'll have to register or buy tickets later in the week. 


  • Dubin Cleaners & Laundry Winter Warmth Campaign (all day)
  • Donate Shoes 4 BDF Cat Rescue Fundraiser (all day)
  • HealthQuest Helps HAVEN (all day)
  • Toastmasters International (9 a.m.)
  • Bake Sale supporting BDF Cat Rescue (10 a.m.)
  • Farmington Musicale Presents Joyous Noel (1 p.m.)
  •  (6:30 p.m.)

Look ahead

  • Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (Thursday)
  • Veteran's History Project (Friday)
  • Farmington Players Holiday Musical Comedy: "The 1940s Radio Hour" (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Gallery Readings - Mediumship (Saturday)
  • Pancake Breakfast with Santa (Saturday)

Check our calendar for more activities, classes and events happening today and throughout the week. If your event isn't listed, feel free to add it.


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