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November 2012


PBS Documentary will recall Dust Bowl years When SWRE was organized in


1937, the Dust Bowl years were fresh in the memories of farm families in Oklahoma and Texas. The clouds of choking dust blocked visibility and sunlight, made breathing diffi cult, and dev- astated agriculture throughout the Midwest. Although the Dust Bowl years spanned the 1930s, the most diffi cult years were 1934-1936. The newest fi lm project of noted documentarian Ken Burns recalls the Dust Bowl years through photographs, news accounts, and interviews. The fi lm, titled “The Dirty Thirties” will air in two parts on PBS sta- tions November 18 and 19. Check local listings for exact times. Several elderly members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative in the Oklahoma panhandle, now in their 80s and 90s, are featured in the docu- mentary, recalling their experiences during the


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devastating Dust Bowl years. Don Wells, a Tri-County member, recalls the choking dust that caused “dust pneumonia”. One of the worst storms hit on Easter Sun-


day, April 14, 1935 – known as “Black Sunday”. “That was the day my dad died,” said Wells,


who was 11. “The storm was so bad you could not see your hand in front of your face.”


Co-op Mapping Project Continues Davey Resource Group (DRG) is progress- ing with SWRE’s mapping project. During this process, DRG reps are visiting


and logging a GPS location for every SWRE meter, pole, or other co-op device. It is a de- tailed process that began more than a year ago and will conclude in coming months. All DRG trucks are marked with DRG and SWRE logos, and its ATVs bear SWRE plac- ards. In most cases, DRG workers park their trucks


1-800-256-7973 Payment Sites


Payments can be made at SWRE


700 North Broadway • Tipton, OK 73570


Online payments can be made at www.swre.com


NOTE: E-mail address must


Payments may also be made at the following area banking institutions:


in the general work area but use four-wheeler ATVs to move from site to site. DRG has been contracted to complete


the mapping project, and its workers are currently working extended hours and on weekends, trying to take advantage of the current nice weather conditions. When the mapping project is complete, SWRE will have a concise, technologically current accounting for every item in our or- ganization’s power delivery system!


What’s Cookin’ in the SWRE Kitchen... Oklahoma


Altus – First National Bank, National Bank of Commerce


Blair – Peoples State Bank Frederick – BancFirst, First National Bank Mt. Park – First National Bank Snyder – Bank of the Wichitas Tipton – First National Bank


Texas


Chillicothe - First National Bank Crowell – State Bank Electra – Waggoner National Bank Vernon – Herring Bank, Waggoner Bank, Bank of the West


2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs


1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground cloves 1 pinch ground nutmeg


1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.


3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.


4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.


Joe Wynn, SWRE News editor Board of Trustees


Dan White, Pres. ................District 7 Don Ellis, Vice Pres. ...........District 1 Jimmy Holland, Sec. ..........District 9 Fred J. Stowe ......................District 2 Don Proctor .......................District 3 Ray Walker .........................District 4 Dan Elsener ........................District 5 Ronnie Swan ......................District 6 Carl Brockriede ..................District 8


Southwest Rural Electric Association P.O. Box 310


700 North Broadway


Tipton, OK 73570-0310 1-800-256-7973


is published monthly for distribution to members of Southwest Rural Electric Association.


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