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Johnson, Melvin J. / History and my memories of Wind Lake Telephone Company
(1996)

Reflections of Melvin Johnson,   pp. 58-80 ff. PDF (11.0 MB)


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our dial equipment ready for the installers to come in and to start
setting up dial in the new building. The front office part we did
not finish. As they were working on getting this project started,
we were also out in the field working on other things getting
things caught up on the merger of the two companies. We still kept
the office open in the "old fire trap" as I called it. Joyce still
had to keep the wastebasket and winter clothes on for another year
before we could get out of there and set the office up in the other
place.   I always used to kid Joyce about that, she could take it
too.
Well one other thing about the telephone business, there's always
one thing that keeps you going.    We are located here in an area
where we serve all that part of Wind Lake, around the lake, all
that part of Waubasee Lake, all that part of Long Lake and the
south shores of Lake Denoon. Our boundary lines ran about 1/4 mile
across the section into Waukesha County, out into City of Muskego.
It left all those people there on the south shore of Big Muskego in
our territory without that service that they had when they came
here from the city.
That is the problem we ran into.    The people moved out here from
the city and into the country.      Of course we didn't have that
problem years and years ago when we first started. We didn't have
the  conveniences, but    when  conveniences   came  along, better
highways, better automobiles and the street car.     The street car
came through in 1908 from Milwaukee to Burlington.
I remember some of those projects.     People came out and bought
lots, sometimes they were surveyed, sometimes by leaps and bounds
and built up a cottage to have for the summer time so they would
have a place to spend their vacation.
It was not uncommon to see on Friday nights, street car after
street car coming out from Milwaukee with people, leaving them off
at Muskego, at Wind Lake, and then at Waubasee Lake.     They would
walk down to where their cottages were and spend vacation or a
weekend.   I remember we kids got permission to go up and see the
people that would go back on a Sunday night and they would be
standing in line by the station (where Hwy. 36 is today) east side
of the railroad track and the way to the south shore of Wind Lake.
There would be just a line up of people waiting to go onto those
street cars.   We could count five, six cars down the line where
they would take those people back to Milwaukee on a Sunday night.
Well this was the procedure going on all the time until the roads
got better.   We started to get paved roads and automobiles came
into being.   That was progress.
But they wanted to take the telephone service that they had in
Milwaukee along with them, but that they couldn't.      Because now
they were on the rules of the Southeast Telephone Company and in
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