Day 88
November 26, 2020
Day 90
November 26, 2020

Day 89



My journey began at Rock Hill Telephone Company in 1962 when the Business Office was on Elk Avenue. I began as a service order typist. All service orders, at that time, were typed on a typewriter and then carried across the street to the Central office. That Central office is now the location of the Comporium museum. We later we upgraded and began sending our orders by a teletypewriter. Networking and computers were a game changer for us. Being able to send our orders by computer made us more efficient and we were able to get things done a little quicker. My first bosses were John Barnes and Mary Connelly. Mary was the first female employee hired by RHTC. Back then you were required to put in fifteen years of service to become a Pioneer. It was a honor to join such an elite group of people. Not long after that I was off and running doing everything that came along with Pioneering. In my 51 years at Comporium I serve in every capacity from secretary to President of the Pioneers. In 1984, I received the John Knox Award from the National Independent Telecommunications Pioneers Association. When I retired in 2012, I was the Cashier Supervisor. Comporium was truly a home to me. I still continue to work at the Comporium Museum and welcome all to come visit and view the rich history that I was fortunate enough to be a part of.
Martha Carpenter
January 1962 - August 2012