The First Telephone of Crabapple

Crabapple's first telephone was a crank telephone. And everyone in the community could use it.

Even with all the development of recent years in Crabapple, there are, thank goodness, some structures of historical significance that remain.  Downtown Crabapple remains.  The old white house next to the gas station remains and has been re-purposed.  This was formerly the home of Euell Everett Broadwell?  Or was it someone in the Cantrell Reece family?  I need someone to tell me.

Anyway, right about where Sip, etc. currently is, across the street from Olde Blind Dog, was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Coleman, who once told me some history of the two-story, brick building that sits at the point of the "V" at Broadwell and Mid-Broadwell. 

I will forever call this old brick beauty "where Murf's Apple Cart once was" because when I moved here in 1997 that store took up the ground floor. I miss Murf's. There have been a lot of retail businesses on the ground floor of this building, going all the way back into its history.  But, I'll bet you didn't know that the upstairs used to be a dance hall.  Mr. and Mrs. Coleman told me that the upstairs was once the place to go to square dance.  I also heard that long, long ago Miss Jennie Rucker was thrown out of the local church for square dancing so I'm not quite sure how the community looked upon this square dancing business. 

Another notable thing about the 2 story brick building in Crabapple is that it housed Crabapple's first telephone - a crank telephone.  And the brackets for part of this contraption are still visible on the outside of the building today.  The community could use this phone if needed.  

Hope those brackets stay there forever.    

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Julie Hollingsworth Hogg November 26, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Thanks Travis.
Tommy Statham April 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Enjoyed your writing. My grandmother Pat Statham ran her antique shop "crabapple penthouse antiques" upstairs from 1966 until her death in 1988. The design firm has been upstairs since '89. Murf was a hoot. We look forward to a new Murf or Eddy West store to brighten the Crossroads
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg April 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM
yes, we do look forward to that! Thanks for your comment Tommy!
Norm Broadwell April 21, 2013 at 07:38 PM
On a genealogical note: Nallie was the oldest daughter of John B. Broadwell and married Cantrell 20 Dec., 1894. John B. and and his son-in-law were very active in many business enterprises in Crabapple. One being an attempt to market the water from mineral springs as a health product.
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg April 25, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Thanks, Mr. Broadwell!


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