Johnson, Melvin J. / History and my memories of Wind Lake Telephone Company
History and my memories of the Wind Lake and Southeast Telephone Co. of Wisconsin Inc., pp. 5-58 PDF (19.1 MB)
Reflections of Melvin J. Johnson: You have had the privilege to read the actual verbatim minutes of the organization and proceedings of the first Wind Lake Telephone Company. More will follow. It is impossible to quote the entire book as lots of the meetings were only for information to the board of directors. It appears that through the minutes of the book of records that Rev. Otto E. Schmidt and Dr. Chas. Flett were most of the instigation to form the Wind Lake Telephone Company. According to the records, they ran a good honest form of business. Those that handled any money or accounts had their book audited by an auditing committee to see that everything was right. During the auditing of the books, everything was right and balanced, except a question was raised why two pages in the chairman or president's book were removed. Suspicions started that possibled the Pastor was not paying his honest telephone bill. Why did the President of the Company or the Pastor of the Church remove the first two sheets of the book? The auditing committee called the President or Pastor before the board and was told that his book balanced, but a question was raised why the first two sheets of the book were removed. President Schmidt asked the board to come with him to Ed Malone's office. (Ed Malone was the organizer and publisher of the Waterford Post. He was also a brother of Dr. Malone of Waterford). Ed Malone explained to the committee that Rev. Otto E. Schmidt came to his office one day to purchase a book of records. Ed Malone stated that he stocked all kinds of record books but that he was out of the kind of book that President Schmidt wanted. "I told him, however, he had a book of his choosing but that it had been started to be used and then abandoned. But if he could use the book, he would remove the used sheets and give him the book for gratis." Problem solved. Oh, I think of so many hard feelings and heartaches over gossip of false accusations. Some people say forget it. "Never!" Some people will carry it with them to their grave. I think of people in high government offices, especially Pastors, Priests, and all people that had anything to do with the public. I write from experience. I have served Norway Township, Racine County, and my church for over 60 years. I know what false statements or gossip can do to a person. However, it any of those statements are true we better be prepared to defend our actions. 18
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