We don’t know with any certainty when telephones were first introduced in Monroe County or the date of the first telephone book. However, the date of the earliest known telephone book in the county is 1902. It has been preserved on microfilm at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington and is part of the Local History Microfilm Collection. (See Roll 37, Item7.)
The book is just 28 pages in length including a description of how to use a hand crank telephone. It was divided into communities and the type of listing, such as farm, residence or business, was noted along with a name and a 3-digit telephone number. If the name was indicative of the type of listing, however, there was no separate entry for the type of listing.
Names and all other information associated with the listing excepting the phone number have been indexed and put online at the Indiana Genealogical Society website as part of the many databases available for Monroe County.*
Telephone Company officers were identified as: J. D. Showers, president; W. S. Bradfute, secretary; W. W. Wicks, treasurer; and F. S. Shoemaker, superintendent.
*Must be a member of the IGS to view that particular index
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In 1927 the federal government determined that “any honorably discharged soldier, sailor, marine or nurse who had served at least 90 days or more in the military or naval forces of the United States and who was totally disabled as evidenced by a pension certificate or the award of compensation, and the widow of any such soldier, sailor or marine, may have the amount of $1,000 deducted from his or her taxable property providing the amount of taxable property as shown by the tax duplicate shall not exceed the amount of $5,000 and the amount remaining after such deduction shall have been made shall constitute the basis for assessment and taxation. PROVIDED, FURTHER, that the age of 62 shall constitute the basis of total disability for any pensioner. Acts 1927, p. 519.)”
In 1938 and 1939, Monroe County collected the information from those claiming an exemption under the 1927 Act and compiled them into books, one for each year. The unpaginated books are compiled in alphabetical order by surname and available at the genealogy library at the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
An index to the two volumes was recently completed and made available to the many county databases available online through the Indiana Genealogy Society website. Although many of the Monroe County databases at the IGS website are free to anyone, the combined index to the two volumes of affidavits is restricted to members only. The index includes: name, address and age of recipient; war in which the veteran served; and year of volume.
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