This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
People’s Electric Cooperative Cimarron Electric Cooperative


Electric cooperatives celebrate


“Brothers and sisters, I want to tell you this. The greatest thing on earth is to have the love of God in your heart, and the next greatest thing is to have electricity in your house.” Farmer giving witness in a rural Tennessee church in the early 1940s


[ C 18 December 23, 1936


Cimarron Electric Cooperative


February 5, 1937


Kay Electric Cooperative


March 13, 1937


Caddo Electric Cooperative


To view more historical photos of electric cooperatives, and read testi- monials of those who remember when the lights fi rst came on, access our digital edition at www.ok-living.coop or download our Free App at the Apple Newstand OR by scanning the QR code to the right.


]


oal-oil lamps illuminate the house. It’s night alright; without a lamp or a fl ashlight, it’s pitch dark. The kids alternate the use of lamps to see who can complete their homework fastest. Mom fi nishes tiding up the kitchen. The wood-burning stove leaves ashes on the fl oor. The heavy iron sitting on the stove is for the pressing that is yet to be done. Mom places the day’s milk in a container, which she later dips in


cool water, in hopes that the kids can still drink from it tomorrow. She reminds the boys to haul water from the well in the morning so she can wash clothes in the gasoline-engine washing machine. Outside, dad gets in the washtub, a kerosene lamp by his side. He is dirty from the day’s labor and needs some lukewarm water to clean up. He listens to his favorite news show on a battery-powered radio—until it stops. Battery dead. He is tired and frustrated. He leans his head on a tree and dreams of a day when his family can enjoy the same conveniences his cousins do in the big city. Like many others living in the countryside, he wants light. This is the scenario of countless farming families in rural Oklahoma. But in the mid-1930s and early 1940s, the picture changes for many of them.


May 22, 1937 1936 OKLAHOMA LIVING January 13, 1937


Oklahoma Electric Cooperative


February 15, 1937


Alfalfa Electric Cooperative


1937


People’s Electric Cooperative


Southwest Rural Electric Association


April 15, 1937


Red River Valley Rural Electric Association


August 16, 1937


Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative


May 10, 1938


Ozarks Electric Cooperative


December 8, 1937 August 4, 1938


Kiwash Electric Cooperative


September 19, 1938


Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative


November 15, 1938 East Central


Oklahoma Electric


August 26, 1938


Rural Electric Cooperative


October 24, 1938


Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152