In 1843-44, Italian inventor Innocenzo Manzetti first suggests the idea of a speaking telegraph (or telephone). Later, He is said to have used the speaking telegraph to give one of his other inventions, an automaton, the power of speech.
Manti Telephone Company was formed in 1907 by a group of business men who saw the potential that telephone service could bring to the area. The first Board of Directors consisted of A.H. Christensen, A.O. Anderson, Stanley Crawford, Quince Crawford, and E.D. Sorensen