101st Birthday For Small Town Phone Company

In 1909, Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Chapin began serving customers. This month, the business celebrated its one hundred and first anniversary with an open house celebration. The venture originally serviced four Michigan townships: Chapin and Brady in Saginaw County and Fairfield and Rush in Shiawassee County. As the farming community grew, lines were built throughout the area, and residents who wanted phone service were required to put up the poles themselves. As they did this, some became stockholders. Service dues were as low as $8 per year, and collected twice a year in January and July.
How times have changed…..now, any customer can instantly set up a personal toll free number that rings to any phone they choose, wherever they are, 24/7.


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