Presentation to the Annandale History
February 7, 2005
On Monday, February 7, 2005, fourteen members of the
Annandale History Club met with Sandy Miller, Administrative Assistant to the
President and Human Resources person at Lakedale Telephone Company in Annandale.
has been with Lakedale fifteen years.
Telephone Company has been serving the area since the turn of the century.
John Bishop is the owner of Lakedale. His father, Morlan
Bishop, purchased the company in 1946.
The communities served by Lakedale are
Annandale, South Haven, Maple Lake, Montrose, Waverly, and
Paynesville. There are presently 91 employees
at the company. There are 22
companies under Lakedale offering paging, cellular, PCS, fiber optics, sales,
video, cable TV, etc. A new area for
the future will be broadband. Their
motto is "Do more for less and do it well.
started out with a brief history of the telephone.
The concept of turning sound into electrical currents to send out in a
wire started in England
with Sir Charles Winston. Professor
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) is credited with the invention of the
in 1876. Alexander Graham Bell was
and moved from
just above New York
in 1870. He started a school for
the deaf in Boston
in 1872 when he was 25 years old.
hired Thomas Watson in
1875, and the two of them conducted experiments in a garage.
In June of 1875,
said the famous words, "Watson, come here; I want you," and the telephone
was invented. At age 29,
wrote the patent and filed it February 14, 1876, just a few hours before
another person, Elisha Gray, filed a similar patent.
The patent was issued to Bell
March 7, 1876. The first telephone
company (the Bell Telephone Company) started July 9, 1877.
are approximately 400 antique phones in the Lakedale
two years ago [in 2003] a
collection of old telephones became available for sale. Robert Lindell of
Buffalo, Minnesota, had
been collecting them since he was 11 years old, and he wanted them to stay as a
collection, not sold individually. He also wanted them displayed so
that people could view them. John Bishop jumped at the chance to purchase the collection.
A special room was set up to display the telephones, switchboards, etc.
The telephone museum is available for small group tours.
Groups of school children and civic groups have toured the museum.
The members of the Annandale History Club enjoyed looking at the old