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Pulling up Mt. Pulaski History By Mike kakin When the i telephone reached Mt. Pulaski, its office for many i / years was the second floor (building on right) where Salt Creek Attic is located. Deb May now owns the building and is remodeling the second floor for an apartment. John Stewart and Rob May were taking things down to the original "bones" and came on local history. They found a couple of 1925 company checks. Inflation? Consider the $75 check; today it would be written for $1,044.86. The $25 check... $348.29. You know, 92-years takes a toll on the value of a dollar. Finding the "ghost" location of the telephone exchange, they noticed evidence that work had been done under the floor. Checking for any structural problems, they found remnants of the phone company cables. After taking some photos, I went to Mt. Pulaski's official "attic" - aka - Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society Museum and found photos of the interior of the telephone office. One discovery was this photo, obviously from the company origins (HINT-fellow in the bowler hat), of the very cables being worked on in the office. Interestingly, the "PUBLIC" door to the waiting room (left in old photo) was still intact as a door in the apartment. ). The amount of cables and wires found, could have been so much greater considering what was being run throughout the office in these very early company photos. Tracing a problem must have been monumental. 16 8 !