Johnson, Melvin J. / History and my memories of Wind Lake Telephone Company
Reflections of Melvin Johnson, pp. 58-80 ff. PDF (11.0 MB)
the government was giving away money. We got a project going here. I got a grant of $2 million dollars from the FHA. We got a $2 million grant from the FHA and we borrowed $3 million for 40 years at 5 percent. We are still paying on that. We built ourselves our own sanitary district with our own treatment plant which took in this whole area. It will all be subdivided one of these days. We're equipped with acreage of land. The three commissioners that I appointed when we finished up with the sanitary sewers in 1983 were: Dan Dooley, Ron Brenzek, Norman Schultz. Those three men are still serving to this date and are doing a wonderful job and keeping it up. Well as it is with the sanitary district, so it is with the telephone company. With all the sewers we put in, all this land became available for development and it surely is getting developed. But the telephone company has the same problem as the sanitary district did. We took care of it in the sanitary district, I know the board will take care of the telephone district. The Southeast Telephone Company has grown to 8,000 subscribers. The company at the present time has a value of approximately $12 million. On January 25, 1996, I resigned as President of the Board on the Southeast Telephone Company (letter follows this page). 80
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