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

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for is the English settlement.
Then we had another settlement in the Waterford area and that was
the German settlement. They established down there the St. Peter's
Lutheran Church which has the German language of which they used
there for many years.   Then they have the Roman Catholic Church,
St. Thomas Catholic Church in Waterford and we have the United
Methodist Church in Waterford.  They are a group that settled in
Waterford many years ago and are still there.
Then coming north from there is the Town of Norway at Wind Lake
where we have the Norwegian Settlement.      They found what they
liked, forestry and lakes such as it was in Norway because the
farms that are there today were no doubt timberlands in those days.
They established a settlement there.    Of course it was scattered
out and they came in and made their contact and settled out in the
1839's, 1840's. One of the famous people that settled up there was
Evan Heg who came from Norway and settled there with his wife and
family and one son being Colonel Heg who has the monument erected
for him at Colonel Heg Park.
So those settlements were one where people came along and made
there establishment, settlements for their people.
Well every church has it own way of systems for calling a pastor,
deciding a pastor so its up to each one's individual business.
Norway had its first pastor church organized in 1843 and dedicated
in 1845 and had several pastors along the way until they got up to
1900 then they called on a fellow by the name of Otto E. Schmidt.
Otto E. Schmidt was a fellow that came in that was very much
interested in the community and of course he had been around.  He
had been in the big cities and knew how they operated.       He had
been in seminaries and saw their communication and how it operated
and when he came out here he was, so to say, in "the sticks". Here
there was no communication.   The only communication that they had
was by horse and buggy, horseback or walking and he became very
concerned because he was pastor. He had people out there who were
sick, some were dying.   There were a lot of diseases in those days
and he had no communication with his people. This disturbed him a
great deal so he wanted to see if he could work out something for
He had gotten acquainted with a doctor in Waterford, Dr. Chas.
Flett. They corresponded with each other. Rev. Schmidt brought up
the question if he would cooperate and go along with him to set up
some type of communication. Dr. Flett had the same problem as he
had patients at Wind Lake, Waterford and the Town of Norway area
that he could not communicate with and he did not know their needs;
therefore, he was very much concerned about getting some type of
communication.   So the two of them got together and worked out a

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