Fonds - Allan Rural Telephone Company fonds

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Allan Rural Telephone Company fonds

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  • 1908-1976, 1980 (Creation)

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20 cm of textual records.
6 maps

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In December 1908, a meeting took place to organize a rural telephone company in Allan, SK and a provisional board of directors was chosen. It was decided that committees would canvass the rural areas near Allan to secure subscriptions to this service. On January 9, 1909, the first meeting of the provisional board of directors took place, with J.A. Beaver as president, Fred B. Williams as secretary-treasurer. The first stockholder's meeting took place on June 19, 1909, when W.F. Vawter was formally elected president and Fred B. Williams elected secretary-treasurer. Directors elected for each circuit and the town were W.E. Redick, M. Loran, R.E. Beaver, W.F. Vawter, N. Lang, F.B. Doan, Stanley Bowser and N.F. Allan.

Regulated by the Saskatchewan Government Telephones Department, the company proceeded to construct telephone lines in the area serving the town and surrounding district. The board of directors decided on rates, telephone extension applications, contracts and salaries. In 1954, the Allan Rural Telephone Co. and the Allan East Rural Telephone Co. (incorporated in 1920) were amalgamated as the Allan East Rural Telephone Co. During 1957, the Elstow Rural Telephone Co. (incorporated in 1910) held joint meetings with the Allan East Rural Telephone Co. and on January 25, 1958, these two companies were amalgamated. At this same meeting, it was decided that the name be changed to the Allan Rural Telephone Co. In 1976, SaskTel offered to absorb this company and it was unanimously accepted by all subscribers at a general meeting on December 14, 1976.

Custodial history

A fire destroyed records on December 20, 1955 at J.J. Weninger's place, but some cash books, a rentals record and a share certificate book were preserved for the period 1910 to 1934.

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Fonds consists of records of the Allan, Allan East and Elstow Rural Telephone companies. Included are minute books, maps, financial records in the form of cash books and financial statements as well as correspondence and documents relating to the amalgamation of the Allan, Allan East and the Elstow Rural Telephone Companies.

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Archival arrangement of the records was imposed and based on types of records and chronological order.

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These records are open for research.

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Use, publication, and/or reproduction are subject to the Crown copyright.

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Consult SAFA 45 for fonds and series level descriptions, a map listing and a file listing.

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Related material: Consult finding aid GR 352, Department of Telephones (R-899) for records relating to the establishment, operation, amalgamation and dissolution of rural telephone companies . See files #22 (Allan RTC 1909-1977), #23 (Allan East RTC, 1958-1980), and #410 (Elstow RTC, 1910-1983).

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