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Johnson, Melvin J. / History and my memories of Wind Lake Telephone Company
(1996)

Reflections of Melvin Johnson,   pp. 58-80 ff. PDF (11.0 MB)


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and Hulbert Thompson were authorized to look into the matter
together with the Big Bend Company and arrange to build a private
line of our own.
Mr. Brockhansen and Mr. Thompson held conference with the Big Bend
Company and report satisfactory arrangements to build a toll line
of our own going 50-50 on the expenses.
February 8th the officers meet at the office of the manager, Mr.
Brockhansen where the books were audited and all customary business
transacted.
A motion was made, seconded and carried that Mr. Thompson be
authorized to issue statements monthly to patrons where he deemed
it necessary.
A motion was made, seconded and carried that our Mr. Brockhansen
and Mr. Thompson be authorized to call on the Wisconsin Telephone
Company in regards to getting our Directory's printed free of
charge.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned.
J. A. Beecher, Secretary
Reflections of Melvin Johnson:
Now Hulbert Thompson was going to take a chance.    He was building
a house right across the road from where John Michael Jacobson
lived, on Pioneer Road and Loomis Road, right on the corner.
Edmund Hoganson of Waterford was building the house. They wanted
to build the garage first so they could move the telephone
equipment into the garage, the switchboard, and then as the house
got finished it could be put in such a way as to put a room in the
north side of the house with an outdoor entrance and right into an
office by itself for the switchboard.
Well during this time while this was going on, Hulbert always liked
to play cards, as it was one past time that he did, he always liked
to play sheepshead, "shastcuf" however you spell it, that was the
game.
A lot of times at night he would invite us young fellows to come up
there and play cards and it would never fail when Hulbert had a
good hand, the telephone would ring and he would have to go over to
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