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It ain't easy to reach out and touch someone when you don't have a phone, and her CB isn't available....

I think it would be interesting if some people wrote in about communications in the countryside.

We used to live in the Snake River breaks and we had no phone or electricity. During the summer, mail came three times a week to a shack seven miles away. We usually picked it up once a week or so. During the winter it was delivered once a week, by boat, to a box on the Snake River, five miles from our place.

One winter my mother-in-law, who lived in town, became very ill. My husband went to stay with her. He was gone several months and we got snowed out from each other.

One day the rancher who lived above our canyon in the summer months rode in and gave me a note saying my mother-in-law had passed away. The note was a week old! I ended up riding out of the canyon on horseback during a snowstorm to be with my husband.

Now we live in the Clearwater breaks only 12 miles from town, but it's still pretty remote. We still don't have a phone, but we have a CB home base that runs on 12v. I love it! It takes very little power, so I can leave it on all day, and it very handy.

My daughter has an ad in the local paper to sell her horse. We used a neighbor's (Diane's) phone for messages. When someone calls Diane about the ad she goes out to her truck and calls us on the CB and we ride horses up to her house to meet the prospective buyer.

Sounds simple.

Well, yesterday Diane got a call on the ad and her truck was gone. Since she didn't have her CB, she called a friend, Phyllis, in town. Phyllis tried to get me on her CB but there was too much interference.

So she called Ed on her CB. He doesn't have a phone either, but he lives on a mountain above town so he could reach me without the interference.

Ed called me and told me what Phyllis told him while Phyllis and Diane talked on the telephone, then Ed would tell Phyllis who would tell Diane what I would say.

We all had a lot of fun. We call this "life on the farm."
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Title Annotation:homestead communications
Author:Lefsaker, Alanna
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Jul 1, 1993
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