Associated Telephone Utilities Company

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Associated Telephone Utilities Company was a Wisconsin based power company which became bankrupt in 1933, during the time of the Great Depression.[1] Prior to the economic upheaval in the United States the utility was a prominent player in the electrical power business in the Midwestern United States.[2] An appeal by receivers appointed for the Associated Telephone Utilities Company was filed around April 1933, contesting the bankruptcy of the utility, and was reorganized in 1934 as General Telephone.[1] A chancellor in a court of chancery permitted the petition to be filed in United States District Court.[3]

Utility history[edit]

The Associated Telephone Utilities Company acquired the Indiana Telegraph Securities Company and its subsidiary companies in August 1929. The purchased utility operated 9,819 stations in Logansport, Indiana and Greencastle, Indiana.[4]

The Associated Telephone Utilities Company increased its budget for 1930 to $7,000,000, an increase of 40%. It invested $3,047,000 of this sum in the Western United States, with $2,493,850 spent in Los Angeles and the surrounding region. $553,500 was divided among Washington, Idaho, Nebraska, and Texas.[5]

Five Wisconsin telephone operating companies were purchased by the Associated Telephone Utilities Company in August 1930. These utilities were consolidated with the Wisconsin properties of the Associated Telephone Utilities system.[6]

A one month sales campaign resulted in the addition of 1,040 phones in August 1931. During this period the Midwestern utility worked in unison with the Associated Telephone Utilities System in New York.[7] For the year ending December 31, 1932 the firm realized a profit of $13,305 after taxes.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b GTE Corporation. (2011). From Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on September 13, 2001
  2. ^ Associated Telephone Utilities, Wall Street Journal, June 22, 1934, pg. 16.
  3. ^ Associated Telephone Utilities, Wall Street Journal, April 24, 1933, pg. 13.
  4. ^ Associated Tel. Utilities Co., Wall Street Journal, August 6, 1929, pg. 14.
  5. ^ Broad Street Gossip, Wall Street Journal, August 16, 1930, pg. 2.
  6. ^ Associated Telephone Utilities, Wall Street Journal, August 21, 1930, pg. 2.
  7. ^ Associated Telephone, Wall Street Journal, August 14, 1931, pg. 14.
  8. ^ Telephone Company Earns $13,305 In Year, Wall Street Journal, June 23, 1933, pg. 7.