Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum was incorporated in
1994 and officially opened in October 1996. It was created
through the hard work of many local Pioneer volunteers, a
grant by the Independent Telephone Pioneers Association (ITPA)
and funding and support from Aliant Communications.
museum is named for Frank H. Woods,
Sr. (1868-1952) who founded Lincoln Telephone Company
in 1903. The company began serving 1,800 Lincoln customers
in June 1904. Telephony, an industry publication, praised
the new company as "the first large automatically operated
telephone exchange west of Chicago."
served as president and chairman of the board until 1946 when
he resigned as president. He remained chairman until his death
in April 1952. The Telephone Museum serves to educate the
general public about the history of the telephone industry,
especially the history of independent telephony and specifically
that of The Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company and its
founder, Frank H. Woods.
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