Total receipts for the
Company during the first years of operation were indeed,
modest. Here, we can see that in 1905, the company
operated on a little more that $450 in total revenues.
At that time, the Company Secretary collected all of the
fees for telephone usage. This money was turned over to
the Company Treasurer every three months. Given the
operating budget of the Telephone Company today, these
cash receipts would only last a few hours!
have been the first "telephone directory" for the Benton
Ridge Telephone Company? This is a copy of the early
line assignment records. When the Company first started,
very few people had their own "private line", something
we take for granted today. Line assignment was more
likely based on a person's location in the area served
by the early telephone companies. You will note that at
least a couple of persons had a private line. Note also
that the person having line #11 also had an extension in
the barber shop.