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From Dream to Reality


From the archives: Co-op News, June 1967.


Celebrating the past, present and future of OEC


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February 3, 2012 We moved from Chickasha just in time for me to enjoy attending Pioneer


School for one year. The class was definitely smaller than I was accustomed to–only 13 students. I noticed a lot of differences being “in the country.” The fuel for the water heater had to be stored in a tank and trucked to us. A garbage disposer was out-of-the-question because water was discharged into a septic system rather than into the sewer. (I learned this when I questioned my daddy a few years later.) We no longer had a concrete drive or even a paved road that ran by our house. Our nearest neighbor’s house could be seen from ours, but we didn’t hear their conversations or share a family cat. Our mail person came in a car, depositing envelopes several feet from our house. We didn’t even know his/her name. The lawn had to be mowed with a riding mower we nicknamed “the goat,” rather than with the push/reel mower. Cows moo-ed, roosters crowed, deer and turkey ran wild; but, when we flipped the switch to turn on the light, it was just like being back in town. We were as well-served as anyone on any avenue or drive. We did not notice a difference, though the lines stretched miles to reach us. And, I don’t ever recall my parents complaining about the price of electricity being any higher at all. My husband and I married and moved to southeastern


Arkansas. There, we experienced electrical service from another cooperative. When we relocated to Durant, we were serviced by another. And, both when we moved to Lexington, to establish a ranch, and later when we returned to my childhood home near Pioneer, we have been privileged to receive our electricity from OEC. As a junior in high school, I was honored to be chosen to participate in OEC’s


Washington, D.C. tour. The other winner was from Noble. I poured through co-op brochures and historical papers to write a condensed history of OEC, while Maureen wrote a delightful observation about the co-op’s electricity, from a mouse’s perspective. We made our 10-day, life-changing trip on a bus that made overnight stops along the way before meeting with representatives and seeing the sights of our nation’s capital. So, my experience with Oklahoma Electric Cooperative has been quite possibly more “energized” than some. I am grateful.


Mary Ann Keim Ward Chickasha, Oklahoma


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