Long before YouTube, long before iTunes, we had a desire to connect with music from afar.  From the November 4, 1902 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Unique Entertainment.

Next Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock the Bell Telephone Co. will give an entertainment in Cook’s opera house, such as has never been heard in Skidmore before.  The company will have a large number of phones attached to their long distance wires and various kinds of music will be produced from Chicago, St. Louis and other large cities.

This entertainment will be absolutely free and it is desired by the company to have all the farmers that can to attend.  This performance is more especially for the farmers, but all that want to can attend.

In the evening at 7:30 there will be another entertainment of the same nature, but will be given for those in town that could not attend in the afternoon.

Everybody is invited to come and enjoy a good time.  Remember it is all free.

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