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Barsantee, Harry "The history and development of the telephone in Wisconsin"


The History and Development of the Telephone in Wisconsin: This article reviews the invention of the telephone in 1876 and its immediate adoption in Wisconsin in 1877. It examines the career of Richard Valentine (1847-1925) of Janesville, Rock Co., who installed the first switchboard at Dartford, Green Lake Co., in 1878 and pioneered the use of the device throughout the state. The article also discusses the explosive growth of the industry following expiration of the Bell patent in 1893, state regulation in 1907, and the growth of cooperative networks in the early 20th century. The piece has little or nothing to say about technical aspects of the invention, but rather focuses on its business aspects. (13 pages)

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Citation: Barsantee, Harry "The history and development of the telephone in Wisconsin" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 10 /Issue: 2 (1926-1927)

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