Nathaniel Banta, an upper-middle-class resident of Arlington Heights, has decided to purchase phone service. Nathaniel sells school textbooks and writes children's books. He also sits on the school board and other important committees in town. It is 1909 and Arlington Heights, with a population of 2,250, already has 250 telephones in operation. Most of these are in businesses and public places. The Bantas will be one of the first families to have a telephone in their home. They will probably be taking messages for their neighbors; however, it will allow Nathaniel to conduct business from his home. Nathaniel thinks that someday everyone will have a telephone.
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