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THE PEOPLE BACKED HIM AND HE' RAN BIG
TELEPHONE CO. OUT OF BUSINESS
Gardnerville, Nev., Sept. 10. Jean
Phillips was superintendent of the
Gardnerville division of the Nevada
Consolidated Telephone and Tele
graph. Co.; whose vibe president was
Jas. G. Sweeney, then supreme "Jus
tice of "Nevada. The' company had
two exchanges, one at Gardnerville
and the other at Carson City, 18 miles
away. The Pacific States gave them
long distance switches out of Car
son City, They had about 300 miles
of wire, extending to telephones scat
tered through a ruggecfmountainous
country. Tne company paid fat divi
dends. Jean Phfllipsj had been on- a vaca
tion. Ugpn his return he found a let
ter from' Judge Sweeney. ;
"Because "we wish to .make some"
changes' in our service, we request
your resignation.' ' Enclosed with it
was a highly flattering letter -of rec
ommendation. Jean, .tore up tie letter. Then he
went to' see the 'supreme justice.
"As 1 understand it," said Jean to
the Judge; r,Tm not fired', I'm asked
to resign." -,r
"That'sght," said the judge.
"Well, .Vm not going to resign. If
you had--flred me I would get out,
but to ask" me to re'sigtt'-without giv
ing me. the reason, no.. (I will hold
down my job unfll I know why my
resignation is demanded." ,
This pa.rtey ended- when Phillips
announced: ,. '
'Twill start another company and
run you off your feet.'.'
The judge laughed. It was the best
joke he had heard. " ,
Then Jean PhillipB returned to
Gardnerville,-interested local capital,
incoiprafed." the United Fanners'
Telephone and Telegraph Co., and
held ameeting of the mountaineers.
Judge - Sweeney attended that
meeting. He was the 'first speaker.
lips spoke. His speech was very brief.
He read the recommendation
Judge Sweeney had sent in the .letter
requesting his resignation. .
"Now, gentlemen," asekd Phillips,
"how many men are there willing to
trust me personally with no't only the
money in this new company, BUT
WITH ALL THEIR MONEY?"
The only men who didn't stand, up
were Judge Sweeney and Alfred
Karge, president and genera man
ager of the Nevada Consolidated.
Phillips refused to accept the presi
dency of the new company, -which
strengthened confidence in him.
He built a line into Carson City,
and .then, through the state, railroad
commission, forced the Nevada Con
solidated to give the United Farmers
long distance switches THROUGH
He :made a personal attack upon I THEIR OWN TELEPHONE EX-
Phillips. When he had finished Phil-1 CHANGE. This move won-the battle,
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