Kansas City Star, September 20, 1901, page 13:
SO THE FARMERS MAY KNOW.
A Telephone Newspaper That Gives Every One in the County the Day's Events.
From the Indianapolis News.
At 7 o'clock to-night farmers all over Tipton county will have the contents of the Indianapolis News thrown against their eardrums by a combination of the ingenuity of Editor-Postmaster W. S. Pershing and the new farmers' telephone company. Every night thereafter Tifton county farmers living remote from a railroad or post-office will have as full an understanding of the world's events of the day as any man or woman in Indianapolis.
Editor Pershing's scheme has passed the experimental stage. He began it after the first farmers' co-operative telephone line was connected up with Tipton, six months ago, and has gradually improved on the idea until he now delivers to subscribers a complete newspaper every night.
As soon as the last edition of the News is received from Indianapolis Editor Pershing or his assistants begin to edit their strange paper. They take headlines and enough text to give a full story of all matters of interest. At 7 o'clock the farmers all over the county are at their phones. Some have extra long insulated wires, and have purchased additional attachments, by which they are able to fasten the receiver close to the ear. They are able to sit at the family table and repeat the news to the family as it comes over the wire, or to sit out on the veranda in an armchair and smoke while listening.
At 7 prompt there are three rings, and every farmer adjusts his instrument to his ear. The report opens:
"Good evening. Now, all quiet. Washington standard time, forty seconds after 7 o'clock. Weather indications for the next thirty-six hours, fair and cooler, with probable rains tomorrow afternoon. Chicago markets--Corn, 60 cents; wheat, oats, clover, rye, timothy, etc. Local Markets--Corn, 50 cents," etc.
Then follow the crop indications that have local application, the quotations of the stock market, and other routine valuable to the agricultural classes. After this routine the foreign news is given, then comes state news, and then a grist of local matters of importance. When it is all over a few minutes are allowed for farmers to ask questions and to tell any news of importance in their localities. The service also includes Washington gossip and political matters of importance.