Did you ever watch Green Acres or Mayberry RFD or similar TV show there was always the lady who answered the phone after the caller picked up the ear piece and turned the crank on the old phone.
Well thats exactly what this house once did. When the Bell Telephone System decided to not provide phone service far north of Pittsburgh a bunch of business men got together in 1906 and started their own. It was known as North Pittsburgh Phone Service and it took in parts of Northern Allegheny and Southern Butler County and this home acted as the first switch board .
At one time depending what side of Pa. Route 8 you where on you got a discount on your phone service in the rural areas . I had a customer on the wrong side always complained about the servvice he got and rate and he got mad and actually leased phone lines from the Bell Telephone System so he had a Pittsburgh exchange phone number.
Now known as Consolidated Communications since various sales and mergers North Pittsburgh phone still carry's on.
The famous Harmony Trolley also passed close by at one time as well but nothing of it is left as well except some memorabilia . which is a shame how different it was back then. Kids today have no idea the struggles of living in rural areas a hundred years ago.