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Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:09 PM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — Fort Jennings Telephone vehicles have been a more common sight in Delphos over the last month. The company based in the neighboring village has purchased the former Cintas (Van Dyne Crotty) business office on East Fourth Street.

According to General Manager Mike Metzger, the company will use the space for equipment and the parking lot for several vehicles.

“Right now, we are storing equipment here to service our Delphos customers better. Our fiber runs along Washington Street,” Metzger said. “There will be at least one service vehicle here for an employee who lives south of Delphos to make it more convenient for after-hours calls.”

FJ Telephone has residential users in Heritage Meadows and services many businesses on Main Street and Elida Road. It offers telephone, cable TV and/or high-speed Internet services to nearly 2,300 customers overall and has six employees.

“The question we’ve been asked the most is if we are going to expand our service area in Delphos and at this time, we don’t have a time frame for that,” Metzger added.

Fort Jennings Telephone had its humble beginnings when in the late 1800s, farmers in the area wanted a means to communicate with one another, so they joined together and set poles and strung wire for telephone service. The franchise for telephone lines through the village was granted in 1893. The Union Telephone Company was granted the right to erect lines along the highways in the village in 1899. There were either two telephone companies or the names changed as Country Home Telephone Company was permitted to put a line through the village in 1903. In 1904, the Fort Jennings Farmers Mutual Telephone Company was organized and was incorporated by the State of Ohio on Feb. 17, 1908. The telephone company was a mutual company until the mid-1900s. On Dec. 24, 1954, Fort Jennings Telephone Company was incorporated as a for-profit corporation and remains that way today.

 

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