Orpha A. Higgason
|Death:||Died in Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, USA|
|Place of Burial:||Zearing, Story County, Iowa, USA|
|Managed by:||Robert Fahey|
Historical records matching Orpha A. Higgason
About Orpha A. Higgason
From the 1956 book 'Community History, Zearing, Iowa' by Donald H. Grimm:
Zearing Telephone Association
We do not have the exact date the local telephone company was organized. The first office was a small booth in the Ingledue drug store. Elwood C. Ingledue died in 1902. So we know that there was telephone service in Zearing before that date.
Orpha Higgason worked in the drug store. A part of her duties was to take care of the switchboard. Orpha said that there was little activity at first. She said that when the bell rang it always startled her.
The first rural line was constructed northwest from Zearing. James A. Ruxton joked about that. He said that the reason was his interest in the telephone operator, Orpha. James and Orpha were married but we do not know how great a part the telephone played in the romance.
Ames Daily Tribune; Ames, Iowa; Friday, Nov. 11, 1966; Page 2:
Ortha Ruxton died today
Mrs. Ortha Ruxton, 82, Zearing. died early today at Evangelical Hospital, Marshalltown. She was a lifetime resident of the Zearing community. Mrs. Ruxton is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Eva Reese, also of Zearing; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Sebert. Sioux Falls, S.D.; nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Zearing Christian Church, with the Rev. Phillip Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Zearing Cemetery.