Once upon a time

Can you hear me now? - Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," talks about life before cell phones, or any phones. "Telephone service had been available in Chicago since 1878, but cautious Hinsdale village boards questioned the telephone company's mandatory long-term contract. The first telephone was installed at McGee's Drugstore at 49 S. Washington St., pictured here. Calls would come in, answered by boys eager to deliver messages. When the store closed, phone service was shut down and this was the only telephone in town."