History

What do two mules have to do with telecommunications?

Plenty, if you're one of the Chickasaw companies. Back in 1909, our company was created because of two mules.

As the story goes, a farmer bought a couple of mules from a Mr. John W. Gauntt on credit against his next year's crop. But the crop failed and the poor farmer couldn't pay, so he set out to return those mules. Now, this put John in a bind because he had no use for a pair of mules that had been worked for a year. So John and the farmer sat down and worked out a deal to cover the note. After a few suggestions from the farmer, John asked, "Is that all?" The farmer said, "Well... I have the Lone Grove Telephone Company with thirty-five telephones. If you want it you can have that." John said, "I'll take it."

The rest, as they say, is history.

John's youngest son, Royce, while serving 27 years in the Navy, supervised the operation, and continued its expansion. Today Royce is the chairman of Chickasaw Holding Company.

From our modest beginning with two mules in 1909, Chickasaw has grown to become an industry leader in telecommunications.

CTSI was formed as a result of new opportunities created by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.