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The Florida Telephone Corporation Building Currently “A Matter of Taste” Restaurant

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

Thirty years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, the Pasco County Telephone Corporation organized  with 16 lines.  By 1910, the directory listed 135 numbers for the exchange.

Clarence Griffin, the President and General Manager of the company, housed the exchange ion his local drug store.

Telephone pioneer Otto Wettstein Jr., with financial assistance of Elliot Edge of Groveland, FL came to Dade City and in 1916 purchased Griffin’s company.  Wettstein continued to acquire telephone exchanges throughout Florida.  In 1925 he merged his 28 exchanges into

the Florida telephone Corporation.

Mr. Wettstein constructed a two story Mediterranean Revival building on 7th Street in Dade City to house the telephone company.  The building was completed in 1925 and named Florida Telephone Corporation Building.  The new space provided much improved service for the overloaded exchange located in Mr. Griffin’s drug store.

For the remaining history on this beautiful building in Downtown

Dade City, stop by the Chamber office and purchase one of these beautiful ornaments!

Only $22.00 and payable by CHECK ONLY to

The Dade City Garden Club.

Limited Supply so get your ornament today!

Start your Christmas Shopping early, they make the perfect gift!