When they ran the phone lines out from town, we had ten houses on a line. There were only three or four lines coming to our area.
Over the years the phones changed, first it was the rotary dial and eventually the party lines were eliminated. At one time we had a long cord on the handset so you could move around some while talking on the phone and later we got a cordless phone.
Now we have the cellphones on the right. No longer do we have to be home to use the phone, but also we aren't really ever away from the phone, except when traveling thru a dead zone. Or if the phone is turned off.