Even though my Mom worked for the the telephone office, her employer always misspelled our last name in the phone directory. And she was never called "Belle", but "Annabelle".
During that time, as today, the Outer Banks had two sets of Midgett(e)s. You were either a Midgett or a Midgette. And, we were Midgetts, despite what the phone company thought. In those days, Midgetts believed that Midgettes were either too prissy or too wealthy, and we refused to acknowledge kinship, despite the fact we were all related somewhere down the line.
No one ever forgets their first phone number and I will always remember mine. It was 93-J and we shared a party line with Ab Wescott (Manteo Furniture Company) and family at 93-W.
Rest assured that with one's Mom on the other end of a 1949 telephone company switchboard, this kid had to watch what he said on the telephone. Even though a few folks had telephones on the Outer Banks in 1949, it would not be until 1965 that my wife's family, who lived on Poor Ridge Road in Kitty Hawk (Village), NC would get their first phone line. My, how times have changed.
Here are all five pages of the 1949 Manteo area telephone book. See how many people you remember.