Mutual Telephone Company was formed in January of 1905 when 150 patrons gathered at Little River City Hall to organize an independent phone company.
Prior to this, there had been telephone service in Little River for nearly fifteen years. According to an article in the March 6, 1890 edition of The Little River Monitor, Messrs. Zook and Keim of Inman were in town installing telephones. The editor noted there was a phone in his office and one in his home and they seemed satisfactory. At this time, residents ran their own lines from house to house in any way possible – some were even strung on hedge posts. There was no central office. The telephones were no more than a box hung on the wall with a bell, microphone, speaker and a six-volt battery.
From these humble beginnings, MTC, has evolved into one of the most state-of-the-art telecommunications providers in our area.
Today, 100% of MTC’s Little River customers are connected to a “fiber to the home” network–the most advanced telecommunications technology available in the world. MTC has also expanded our fiber network into parts of Lyons, Sterling, Marquette and McPherson. Through the fiber, MTC can provide our customers blazing fast Internet downloads speeds from our gigabit capable network. Plus, when paired with MTC’s Managed Wi-Fi service it makes the perfect solution for video streaming. MTC also continues to provide the latest and greatest in local and long distance calling thanks to our Fiber Optic network.
In addition to the services delivered via MTC’s Fiber Optics, MTC can also provide several types of Wireless and Satellite Internet services, as well as Security & Automation to customers in Rice, McPherson and Reno counties. MTC has offices in five communities; Little River, Lyons, Sterling, Marquette and McPherson to provide the best local support for our customers.
All of us at MTC are consistently and diligently researching the latest products and services so we can provide you with all of the same technologies and services you can get in the “big city” at small town prices. The staff and the board of MTC are not only committed, but are also members of the communities we serve. From sponsoring local baseball teams, to being active in all of our local chambers, to supporting community events and local causes, we strive to grow with the communities we serve. You can always be sure when you call or stop by your local MTC office, you’ll talk to a local person you can trust who can help you right away.
At MTC, our mission is to provide local, reliable service to our customers. Offering the latest communication technologies to grow with the communities we serve. It is our genuine pleasure to serve you!
Board of Directors
Jon Sauer: Board Chairman
Jon is the Board Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been on the Board since 1998. Jon is a lifelong member of the Little River community. He has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Arts Education from Fort Hays State University and is a manager for Oneok North System LLC (Pipeline System and Terminals in KS, MO, NE, IA, IL and IN). Jon is married to Laurie, and they have six children. He is a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and he is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. Jon holds the office of President for the USD 444 School Board. Past memberships include: GPA (Gas Processors of America), Lions Club, Little River Recreation Commission Board Member, and Charter Board Member of the Little River Community Fund.
Nathan has been a lifelong member Little River community. He holds a B.S. in AgEconomics from KSU. He runs a farm and ranch with wife Crissy and their six children. He is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and enjoys keeping up with his children’s activities. Nathan serves on the Lions Club, ULAR #95 Watershed board, and Rockville Township board.
“Excited about MTC’s technology services and growth in our local and surrounding communities.”
David has been on the Board of Directors since 1998. A lifelong Little River resident, David and his wife, Debra, have four daughters. David has owned the local grocery store, Garden of Eden, since late 2005, and he also has a family owned farming business. He is highly involved in local activities such as the Little River Community Foundation, CASE Scholarship Committee and the Lions Club. February is a big month in the Nelson family with birthdays for David and the four girls, as well as, their wedding anniversary…
“MTC is a progressive company always looking to the future.”
Jeff has been on the MTC Board since 2003. He is married to Julie, and they have 6 children. Jeff has lived in Little River area his entire life. Most of Jeff’s professional career has been in agriculture industry. However, Jeff worked several years for Koch Industries at the gas plant in Conway.
“I have always been impressed with the quality of service that MTC provides, even more so since being a part of the company and seeing what is required to provide superior communications.”
Rusty has been a member of the MTC Board of Directors since 2005. After living in Oklahoma and Texas, Rusty returned to his home of Little River. He is married to Candee, and they have a son, Mason. Rusty is a graduate of Beloit Technical College (1987). He is a Corrosion Specialist for Mid-America Pipeline System and the Chairman of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). Rusty has served on the Board of Directors for the Congregational Church and is also the Assistant Fire Chief of the Little River Fire Department.
Sheldon grew up in Little River and returned in 1975 to work as a lineman for Mutual Telephone Co. He took over managing the company in 1986 as General Manager. He retired in 2013 as Operations Manager after 37 years with MTC. He has been involved with many telecommunications boards during his working years and was inducted into the Kansas Telecommunications Hall of Fame in Abilene, in 2010.
Sheldon and his wife Marty have two children and four grandchildren. He has served and continues to serve on many boards and organizations.
Jon lives north of Little River with his wife, Nikki, and three sons, Jacob, Sutton, and Mason. He has lived in the Little River community for the past twenty-two years and is employed by USD 444 as the Windom Elementary School principal. He is involved with the Windom Lions Club and is an active member of the Little River United Methodist Church.
MTC is a cooperative organization and is tied strongly to the communities it serves. A big part of our company’s Mission is to “grow with the communities we serve.” With that in mind, MTC is an enthusiastic partner with the Little River, Lyons, Sterling, Marquette and McPherson communities. Our employees attend Chamber meetings and are active in community events, causes and economic development.
“It truly is exciting to be part of a company that is such a key ingredient in the health of the community in which we live.”
Conference Room Rental
In 2007, our new office facility was completed. Designed and built by local people, this new facility made available a conference room that could be used for various types of events and activities.
It is perfect for training events, meetings, speakers or even receptions. This room will easily accommodate over 100 attendees, has an overhead projection system and has several high-speed internet connections.
Call our business office at 897-6200 to find out if this excellent facility is available for your next event or CLICK HERE to download an application form.