Research by Jack O’Donnell
We hope this blog post rings a bell in your telephoning memory.
The early days: 1 to 2 digits
Adding a prefix
By 1939, this ad for H.O. Seiffert on Hewitt & Virginia shows a phone number Main 1.
Later on you see numbers like Main 300 for Pacific Grocery.
Still later it’s another digit like Blue 1717 for the Knothole restaurant, or Black 1242 for Gardner’s Grocery in 1950.
About 1949, the phone numbers changed from the colors to BAview, etc. That is when the dial systems came in so it wasn’t necessary to wait for an operator to say, “Number please.”
Neighborhood Prefixes and 6 to 7 digits
For the first decades of Everett phone service, you went through an operator to connect your call. On Sept. 15, 1957, Everett went to direct dialing to places as far away Snohomish, Skagit, Island and King counties.
Everett Fuel and Lumber’s was BAview 4544 in early 1958. There were still only 6 digits.
On May 18, 1958, Everett went from six to seven digit in preparation for nation-wide direct distance dialing. BAview became ALpine 2, CEdar became ALpine 9, HIghland 5XXX became ELliot 5, all other HIghland became ELliot 3, PResident became FArview 6, and TUxedo became EDgewood 4.
The modern era
March 30, 1962 saw the dedication of new West Coast Telphone Co. building at 1800 41st. People still dialed their phones. Push button phones showed up later.
Later, Everett became part of the new 425 area code. Still later with the proliferation of pagers, modems, and mobile phones, ten-digit dialing replaced seven digit dialing.
If you have any other information about Everett phone numbers, please leave a comment!