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Citizens Telephone Corp., Business of the Month

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020

Citizens Telephone Corporation, 426 N. Wayne Street, Warren, was named Chamber Business of the Month for March by the Chamber Ambassadors. The Chamber congratulates Neil Laymon and his staff on being named Business of the Month. They have been in business for 116 years.

Citizens Telephone Corporation offers a complete line of state-of-the-art communications products to its customers.

According to their website, the first telephone lines in Warren were built by William R. Lowe in 1898. The first phone service consisted of a pay station on a street corner in the business district. It was the only phone around, and all the town’s people had to use it to make telephone calls.

In 1904, the Warren Telephone Company began business by purchasing these lines. The local citizens began the telephone exchange in a rural market where the larger companies of that day felt it unprofitable to serve. This was a diversified group which included doctors, a drug store owner and the owner of the local hardware store.

The early history of the Warren Telephone Company was one of continual construction and investing. Profits were not forthcoming for several years. The Warren plant was almost completely rebuilt in 1913, and a new switch board was installed. In 1937 the entire urban distribution plant was again rebuilt along with most of the rural lines. The magneto system of calling was converted to common battery in 1946.

The Warren Telephone Company name was changed to the Citizens Telephone Corporation in 1947 after acquisition of the Liberty Center exchange. The website sent on to say, the corporation has always had dedicated employees who were willing to work long hours (often without pay) to keep the company going. The employees always maintained service in spite of snow, storms, sleet and tornadoes. Excellent service was top priority.

Today, Citizens Telephone Corporation gives to many projects and events in and around the Warren area. This includes the A Taste of Spring, Salamonie Summer Festival, Final Fridays, Flavors of Fall, Scarecrow Festival, Christmas Tree Walk and more. According to Warren residents, when there is help needed, Citizens Telephone Corporation is always there to support.

Citizens Telephone Corporation, Warren, has been named Business of the Month for March by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Shown on the front row, from left, are Staci Bashop, American Family Insurance Natalie Chevalier Agency; Haley Spafford, Bowers Brewer Garrett & Wiley, LLP and both Chamber Ambassadors; Linda Park, Jane Trickle, Neil Laymon, Joanie Paxson and Cammy Ackley, all from Citizens Telephone Corp. and Jeff Souder, Warren Area Chamber of Commerce. Back row, from left, includes Kory Pfister, Citizens Telephone Corp.; Melinda Daniels, Warren Pharmacy and Terry Miller Jr., East of Chicago Pizza and both from the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce; Kraig Salomon, Citizens Telephone Corp.; Eric Bendes, Midwest America Federal Credit Union and Chamber Ambassador; Adam Schweikhardt and Charlie Shideler, both from Citizens Telephone Corp.