Category Archives: DN – Nebraska

Donald Watson Sr.

Donald Watson Sr., age 74, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away November 21, 2022.

Don started with Northwestern Bell as a Central Office Technician. He worked and retired from NWB/U S West/Qwest/Centurylink.

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Betty Monroe

Betty M. Monroe, age 94 of Winona and formerly of Elkader Iowa, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Omaha, Nebraska Died November 3, 2022.

Betty graduated from high school in Marquette, Iowa, as a salutatorian of her class in 1945. She graduated in late May at the age of sixteen and began work with the phone company in July.

She attended Elkader Junior College in the daytime while working at Northwester Bell Telephone Company in the evening. Betty graduated in two years with a ‘Normal’ certificate in Education. This gave her the certification to teach in a country school (all grades, first through either). However, she chose to remain with the telephone company, affectionately known as ‘Mother Bell’.

She started as a manual switchboard operator in Elkader and moved upward withing the company retiring as a manager responsible for a staff of twelve working with computers. She received a letter of commendation for working VE (victory in Europe) day during World War II and VJ (victory in Japan) day. Her career, as a result of several promotions, took her to Minneapolis, Minnesota and to the corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. She retired in 198 after spending forty-one years with the phone company.

Betty joined a task force in 1970 located in corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Their assignment was to convert from a paperless billing system to a modern, digital system. Members of the task force represented everyone withing the five state area Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota) involved in processing an order. She and other task force members know what data was inputted and the expected outcome. Accuracy was of utmost importance; accuracy in taking the order, accuracy in installing, accuracy in billing, and accuracy in listing in the directory. This was 1970; computer filled a huge room- compared to the side of a computer today. This was a two-year assignment. But Betty spent the rest of her career in Omaha retiring in 1985.

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