Beautiful certificate from the Kona-Kau Telephone and Telegraph Company issued in 1902. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name. This item has the original signatures of the Company's President, and Secretary, Luther Aungst and is over 110 years old.
L. S. (Luther Stine) Aungst (1862-193x) - Born in Pa. 1862, He was the man who "wired" the Big Island. Hired to improve Hamakua & South Kohala Telephone Co. (1890); Secured franchise from gov't for Kona-Kau Telephone & Telegraph: (1892-1932); Secretary; Mutual Telephone Company, Superintendent (1895); Retired in 1932 at the age of 70. Note- Kona Kau Telephone & Telegraph merged with two other companies into "Hawaii Telephone Company". Once owned by Mutual Telephone, the Big Island subsidiary was then known as Hawaii Telephone Company.
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