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)
History and My Memories of the Wind Lake and Southeast Telephone Co. of Wisconsin Inc. The history of Wind Lake Community began in 1839-1840 when the first white man came into this beautiful wooded area to look for a place to establish a home for himself or a settlement for his people. The first Norwegian Lutheran log church was constructed on Norway Hill in 1843 and dedicated in 1845. This church and cemetery was shared with the German Lutherans around Waterford until they got their own church and cemetery. My father and his parents and five children came from Norway Europe, and settled in this area amongst friends and relatives in 1880. My father purchased a 40 acre farm located on the south shore of Wind Lake in 1884. It had a log house on it which gave my parents a place to live. I was born on this farm on August 28, 1903. I resided in my home on this land until August, 1995. Rev. Otto E. Schmidt was pastor of the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Wind Lake, and Charles Flett was the local physician serving the Waterford and Wind Lake area. They were very much concerned about the physical and spiritual needs of their people. The only communication was by horseback, horse and buggy, or walking. I am quoting verbatim from the original Minutes Book from 1902 to 1929. 5
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