Telephones, 1919

More business news from the January 16, 1919 edition of the Skidmore News, page 1, of course:

Telephone Meeting

The consolidated Telephone Company held its annual meeting in the Opera House Tuesday.

The treasurer’s and secretary’s reports showed the company was in very good condition financially, as well as otherwise.

The company has an indebtedness of about $300, but has money enough on hand to discharge its indebtedness, as well as to declare a dividend of ten per cent on the past six months.

The company installed a new switchboard the past year, taking the place of two smaller switchboards, which would have been disposed of if the government had not taken control of telephone lines, some time ago.

The following were elected as the new board of directors for this year.  Walter Ward, George McDaniel, Wm. Taylor, Wm. Blackney, Frank Goslee, Wm. Sanders and Wm. Barber.  A good board, no doubt, the Bills seem to hold the balance of power.

Frank Goslee was re-elected treasurer and R. A. Walker, secretary.

An auditing committee composed of Van Goslee, Chas. Brown and J. O. Miller were appointed by President Walter Ward, but they did not have time to report to the meeting, but will make report to a directors’ meeting later.

The free service to other towns is not in anyway affected by government control, to subscribers, as yet.

There is a tendency in the telephone business like other businesses to make the one who receives service pay for it, so we may look for different regulations sooner or later.  Perhaps it will result in a smaller charge for installation and monthly rates and there will be a charge for each and every message.

The News isn’t telling you that that is just the way it will be done, but you don’t need telescopic glasses of a very high power to see that something of that kind is not far off, for the time is not far away when he who will not pay for having his message carried will have to carry it himself.

Of course the socialistic or paternalistic idea might head off such a condition by letting the government own the telephones and let us all talk free.


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