Delta Telephone Company was founded in 1959 for the purpose of operating the telephone systems in and around Louise, Isola and Holly Bluff, Miss. The company has since added the systems in and around Eagle Lake, Ackerman, Chester and Merigold in Mississippi and a small number of Louisiana subscribers located on the east side of the Mississippi River. The history of the company is mostly about modernization. In the early 1980s, the company initiated a construction program to make one-party service available system wide. When Ackerman and Chester were acquired in the mid-80s, those systems were rebuilt, and one-party service became available there also. Merigold was 100-percent one-party service when acquired. Thus the company now has private line service available for all subscribers.