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Blanche Eleanor Bain (1933)


Posted By: Treva Patterson
Date: 2/4/2007 at 16:31:56

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, July 13, 1933


Miss Blanche Bain, former Winterset resident, died at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines last Wednesday night, after an extended illness. Miss Bain was born and raised in Winterset and for thirty years worked in a telephone office. Her health made it necessary for her to give up her work in 1931 and she has been ill with nervous trouble since then. She has been making her home with her brother, Roy, in Des Moines, and was only in the hospital several days previous to her death.

Miss Bain first worked for the Old Hawkeye Telephone company from 1900 to 1911 or when the company was sold to the Iowa Telephone company. She started working for the Northwestern Bell in March 1912 as collector. She was later clerk and then served as manager of the local office from 1918 to 1926. In 1926 the company changed their policy and had their manager also be wire chief. Following this Miss Bain was clerk.

The Rev. Fred W. Madson of the Baptist church conducted her funeral services at the church Friday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was in the Winterset cemetery.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, July 13, 1933
Page 1, Column 3


Popular Telephone Employe Dies in Des Moines Hospital

Miss Blanche Eleanor Bain, 54, died July 6 in Des Moines at the Methodist hospital, following several years of ill health, Services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Baptist church in Winterset conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Fred W. Madson; burial was in the Winterset cemetery.

Miss Bain was for years, one of the popular employes of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company and in 1918 became manager of the Winterset branch. After a change in the company policy several years ago combining the positions of wire chief and manager, she took over the work of clerk, apposition she had before held.

She entered the employ of the Hawkeye Telephone company in Winterset in 1900, leaving in 1911 when it was purchased by the Iowa company. In 1911 she began work as collector for the Northwestern Bell and was promoted several times until she became manager.

No more faithful worker was ever a part of the widespread organization of the company with which she was associated over two decades. Ill health necessitated a leave of absence in 1931, her condition gradually growing worse.

She was the daughter of Ronald and Margaret Bain and was born in Winterset July 16, 1879. Her brother Roy of Des Moines, and two nieces, Nadine Bain of Des Moines and Mrs. Geraldine Lemmon of Grand rapids, Michigan, are the only immediate relatives who survive.


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