Johnson, Melvin J. / History and my memories of Wind Lake Telephone Company
Reflections of Melvin Johnson, pp. 58-80 ff. PDF (11.0 MB)
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 58
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