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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

SNET logo, 1906

Southern New England Telephone Company:
The First Fifty Years, 1878-1928



Early Years




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The Operators

Marjorie Gray (d. 1924).
Mrs. Gray became the state's first female operator on March 24, 1879, in Bridgeport. The operator force originally consisted entirely of boys but their rudeness garnered many complaints from subscribers. Women were found to be more courteous and efficient.By the turn of the century women were thoroughly established in this still-new occupation.

Marjorie Gray, SNET's first femail operator.