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For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
August 30, 2001 

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor
Oxford Networks for 100 Years of Incorporation

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will honor the Oxford Telephone and Telegram Company for 100 years of incorporation on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 8:00 a.m. at its offices located on Route 117, Buckfield.  The Oxford Telephone and Telegraph Company, which does business as Oxford Networks, was incorporated in the State of Maine on January 11, 1901.

Nineteen corporations are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year.  They include eight business corporations--Beta Theta Pi Co., Chilton Paint Company, Edward H. Best & Co., Hodgco, Inc., Lewiston Daily Sun, Oxford County Telephone and Telegraph Company, Psi Upsilon Chapter House Association, The Dunlap Agency--and eleven non-profit corporations--Library Club of Lovell, Megunticook Golf Club, Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc., Silver Harvest Grange Association, The Aid Society of Otter Creek, Maine, The Maine Optometric Association, Waldo County General Hospital, Wilson Grange, No. 321, The Tracy Reunion Association and Wilton Free Public Library Association.

“I enjoy this opportunity to recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that have attained this milestone,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “Many dedicated people have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years.  It is a significant achievement, given that my Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file.”

Two brothers from Buckfield, Alva and Eugene Andrews, started the Oxford Telephone and Telegram Company in 1900 with three miles of wire that ran from Alva’s casket manufacturing company to the train station.  Soon telephones were installed for the local doctor and druggist, and before long, families along the three-mile line of wire also had telephones installed.  Oxford Telephone and Telegram Company, now doing business as Oxford Networks, has grown over the past 100 years into a full service provider of communications-related services and products, including local and long-distance telephone services.   With offices in Portland, Auburn and Norway, Oxford Networks serves over 25,000 homes and businesses throughout Central and Western Maine.  Additionally, the company provides dial-up Internet, high speed DSL, and complete web hosting and design services.