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Monday, October 24, 2005

Where There's a Will, There's a Way Too Many Telephones

From the Minneapolis (Minn.) Star Tribune:

The phone's for you, and you, and you

Bill McAuliffe, Star Tribune

Last update: October 24, 2005

The departed sometimes call in strange ways. Robert Prosser, for example, seems to be doing it by telephone.

Twelve years after Prosser's death, a niece, a nephew and a longtime employee are trying to figure out what to do with his legacy -- a collection of telephones so vast it fills five buildings in his hometown of Turtle Lake, Wis., as well as barns on relatives' farms and corners of their homes.

Thousands of phones. Hundreds of thousands. Maybe a million.

"You count 'em and tell me," said George Pearson, a longtime employee of the Prosser family.

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