My family became JWs in 1972. We used to hear many stories about small congregations in disant territories where sisters did all the MS work. In fact, I knew personally two elderly sisters who had been accounts servant and magazine servant back in the day. Sisters never served as elders, though.
I myself was the reader at the kingdom hall bookstudy for a few months until a qualified brother could be found. That was in 1978.
Hah! And here's a good one. My ex-husband (born in) was giving public talks on Sundays when he was 16 years old (1968). Afterward, when his family went to a house for hospitality, he'd go out and play with the kids. Now, there's a spiritual man!
It would be interesting to see them forced to go back to that low standard. This could be fun!
The Odd Life of Jehovah's Witnesses