Valley Telephone incorporated as a Cooperative
On May 3, 1962, Valley Telephone incorporated as a Cooperative with its headquarters established in the "Rix's Tavern" building on South Haskell, Avenue in Willcox, Arizona. The mission was to provide telephone service to Southwestern, New Mexico and to Southeastern, Arizona in Cochise and Graham County. It was the local farmers and ranchers who got behind the movement for the cooperative to be formed. Lyle Donovan was hired by the Board of Directors to be the first General Manager for the company and went to work on May 1, 1963. Most of the initial work was getting the cooperative up and running as there wasn't much in the way of service available in the area. The original exchanges included Pearce, Sunizona, Bonita, San Simon and Portal, Arizona along with Animas, New Mexico.
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