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Re-calling a bygone era

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM
mbrooky@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 243


It was built for the Michigan Bell Telephone Co. in 1930.

Dr. Dave Seibold, in his local history tome "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny," said then-Grand Haven Mayor Bruno Peter made the first call when the move of switching more than 2,000 area phones was completed from out of a downtown office to 501 Washington Ave. Peter called William Hatton, according to Seibold.

Michigan Bell was later swallowed up by Ameritech, which became SBC Ameritech, and is now AT&T. The building at the corner of Washington and Fifth is still used by AT&T as a local hub and office.

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