The first telephone call made between Fort Wayne, Indiana, and London, England, made February 10, 1927 by means of wire land lines and radio over the Atlantic ocean (sic). The call was made by Mr. Frank E. Bohn, Vice President and General Manager of The Home Telephone and Telegraph Company of Fort Wayne, who talked with Sir Alexander Roger, Chairman of the Telephone Development Association of Great Britain.
Those “listening in” in the picture, seated left to right are:
1. E. A. Crane, Pres. Rotary Club
2. Agatha Diek, Sec’ty Board of Works
3. J. T. Johnson, Board of Works
4. Wm. S. O’Rourke, Board of Works
5. Wm. E. Geake, Mayor of Fort Wayne
6. Frank E. Bohn, V.P. & Gen. Mgr., The Home Tel. & Tel. Company
7. C. M. Neizer, Pres. H.T. & T. CO.
8. Walter Kavanaugh, Chief of Police
9. G. Max Huffman, Director H.T. & T. Co.
10. Ed. M. Wilson, “ “ “ “
11. C. I. Kuppinger, Representing A. E. Inc., Chicago
12. Angus McCoy, Board of Works
Standing, left to right:
1. E. C. Miller, Director H.T. & T. Co.
2. O. Marahrens, Sec’ty H.T. & T. Co.
3. Robt. Snyder, Sec’ty Rotary Club
4. Arthur Remmel, Editor Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel
5. L. G. Ellingham, Owner Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette
6. Thos. Snook, Board of Works
7. C. I. Hall, Research Dept. G. E. Co.
8. W. A. Bohn, Director H.T. & T. Co.
9. L. H. Moore “ “ “ “
10. H. E. Bodine, Sec’ty Chamber of Commerce
11. B. J. Griswald, Sec’ty Real Estate Board