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Once upon a time


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Can you hear me now? - This photo in Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," is of McGee's Drugstore at 49 S. Washington St. "Telephone service had been available in Chicago since 1878, but cautious Hinsdale village boards questioned the telephone company's mandatory long-term contract. Finding agreement in 1894, the first telephone was installed at McGee's Drugstore. Calls would come in, answered by boys eager to deliver messages. When the store closed, phone service was also shut down ... and this was the only telephone in town."


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