Category Archives: DN – Minnesota

Eleanore (Ellie) Cox

Eleanore (Ellie) Katherine Cox,  age 91,  of Rochester, Minnesota,  passed away July 5, 2018.

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo

Ellie started with Northwestern Bell in 1944 as a phone operator.  She married James Cox ( of St. Charles, MN on May 20, 1948.  Ellie left NWB to raise their children while Jim continued his career with the company.   They lived and worked in in several towns throughout southern Minnesota until returning to Rochester in 1956.  Ellie resumed her career with Northwestern Bell in 1967 and retired in 1988 from AT&T.

Obituary and further information at Macken Funeral Home:


Richard “Dick” Henshaw

Richard Dean “Dick” Henshaw,  age 92,  of Park Rapids, Minnesota and formerly of Oelwein, Iowa,  passed away July 5, 2018.

Dick enjoyed a career with the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company that spanned over 36 years.  He started as a Lineman in Storm Lake, Iowa.  He moved with his young wife to Oelwein, Iowa where he worked as an installer and he finished his years with what is now Century Link working out of the Central Office as a Crossbar Man until his retirement in November of 1983.  Dick was very involved with his career and also did much volunteer work in his community.  He was a life member of The Communications Workers of America and a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

Obituary and further information at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home:

Leon Albert Ekstrom

Leon Albert Ekstrom,  age 80,  of North Branch, Minnesota,  passed away July 3, 2018.

After graduation Leon went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company on a unlocated line crew, climbing poles and running telephone lines throughout Minnesota, he was called out to many storm jobs in Duluth, Iowa, and many communities to restore telephone service for their customers.

Obituary and further information at Grandstrand Funeral Home:

Delmar J. ‘Del’ Griffin

Delmar J. ‘Del’ Griffin,  age 93,  of Richfield, Minnesota,  passed away July 5, 2018.

Delmar "Del" Griffin

Del spent thirty years at Northwestern Bell Telephone, where he worked with Bell Labs to develop more efficient networks of telephone switching stations.

Obituary and further information at Gill Brothers Funeral Home:

James Frederick Holland

James Frederick Holland,  age 93,  of Edina, Minnesota,  passed away March 13, 2018.

James Frederick Holland

After military service Jim started working for the Bell System. He started as a lineman in North Dakota then worked through the ranks to corporate offices North Dakota and Minneapolis where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.

Obituary and further information at StarTribune / Obituaries: