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450 Ways To Use Electricity
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foot warmers.
There are games, organs, pants
and necktie pressers, pianos,;
shoe polishers, sirens, scissors,
tooth brushes, weiner roasters,
dlor openers, and even window)
openers, all operated with elec
-1 Used In Homes
}As you might suspect, electri
cal appliances and equipment
used in the home outnumber
those used in farming operations.
This partly explains why three
fourths of all electricity con
?med on the farm today is used
the home.
.However, technological devel
opments of electrical equipment
$d the ever-increasing new
es now promise to boost the
use of electricity to undreamed
ujl levels around the farm. New
Ways of handling grain, feed,
hfty. and even milk are fast
amtiquating the fork, shovel.
Albemarle Eleelrie
Membership Corp. “|r’j
on your
Silver Jubilee Celebration
Electric' Hanses, Erc'c'zers. Refrigerators. Washers, Air
Conditioners, Dryers, Televisions and Many Other
Electrical .Vpplianees.
Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back!
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PHONE 2186
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AA Membership
...on the 25th
anniversary of
Rural Electrification
We have watched with pride your progress in
making this a better community in which
to live. This is not only true of your organization,
but of each individual member who helps
keep it growing for today and the future.
Electric and Water Department
The Town Os Edenton
, milk can. and bucket,
i Feed carriers, barn cleaners,
; silo unloaders, hay and grain
dryers, nulls, grinder's, elevators,
. graders, dusters, sprayers, fences.
, jay traps, milkers, emery wheels.
■I pumps, and fans, are onlv a few 1
■ of the many wavs electricity has)
replaced the hired man on the)
farm. ,
From molasses heaters to
L peach defujuters. farmers are
• making new and varied uses of
. this unique and wonderful cow
er that turns on and off aulo
i matically or at the flip of a
I switch.
Electro-magnets for catching’
pieces of metal, walnut drvers, j
; bull exercisers, manure pumps.)
ox-giub removers, cattle train-)
• eis. orchard fans, sweet potato
[ curers, beehive heaters, hog call
ers. fish barriers, earthworm
catchers, humane electrocution of,
farm animals and poultry, andi
, tank farming without soil all 1
{are some U ~ie m .e unique
lor etecuicity on ~ie farm,
j r armors laced w.,.i uie pioo
i 1c .. ot getting .e neip o.i lorm, are new "elec
uieal hands ’ a ia.r substitution
tor the hired man. in laet the I
symbol of rural electrification is)
a loveable little ch.uacur called;
Withe Wiredhand. r’ienty of
'over-ready electrical power. 5
[ i-eady at the flip ot a switch t >
lbe converted into light, heal, «v
, power is a must for the wide-,
spread automation of work'
around the farmstead.
For instance, a single worker
today in Georgia handles 30.000.
broilers with ease. Another man
in Florida cares for 10.000 lay
ing hens and the 7,500 eggs they*
'shell out a day.
Soilless Farming With
With Electricity
A hothouse method of soilless,
farming in Illinois produces a
ton of succulent green forage
annually in a space onlv 2's fee;
I A dairyman in California, us
-1 ins a double herringbone milk
ing parlor and pipeline milker,
can muk as many as 60 cows an.
hour, nearly 10 times the num
oer mat could be milked by,
. A livestock farmer in Indiana
'pushes buttons and pulls switch
ics and iceds 400 steers and 500 ]
’ hogs in 10 minutes. This is a,
, job that would keep five men
with baskets and forks busy sor 1
a half day.
Benefits City Consumers
These efficiencies in farming 1
have been made possible through
the magic of rural electrification.!
Benefits pass on to urban con-1
•sumers in terms of a bountiful
supplv of sanitary, high quality
, food products that literally jam
I the grocery shelves.
Annual average power con
sumption by farm consumers on
• rural electric lines, as recent as
! 1958. stood at 3.816 kilowatts.
On the basis of present-day in
creases, average farm consump
tion is expected to reach 5,600
kilowatts bv 1963. and 10.800
kilowatts by 1975.
One thing sure, as more and
moie farmers turn to pushbut
ton operation of their farmsteads
! new uses and wider uses of elec
tricity about the farm and rural
| home lie ahead.
Lets Face It. “It
Just Ain’t REA”
Continued from Page One
systems have been organized to
bring electric light and power to
people who had to do without
electricity up to 1935. These
systems have crisscrossed the i
rural areas of the Nation with
nearly 1.5 million miles of elec
tric lines which serve approxi
’ matelv 16 million people. While
by far. most of the rural sys
tems are cooperatives, in some
I states they are called public
power districts or public utility
Rural Electric Statewide Asso
ciations have been organized in
many states to provide services
for the individual systems—serv
ices that can be done more ef
ficiently or economically, or both
through group action. Member
ship is voluntary, but almost all
Rural Electric Systems belong
to a state association.
The National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association is the
national service organization of
all rural electric systems. With
headquarters in its own modern
office building in Washington.
NRECA functions on the na
tional level much as the state
widcs do on the state level. Im
pnrtant services NRECA pro
vides for its members include
Insurance Coverage Manage-j
ment Institutes. Consulting Serv-i
ive. Group Purchasing, and Pub
lic Relations Assistance to state
and system publications. NRECA
also has regular contact with
Congress and many Federal ad
ministrative agencies, and pre
i sents to them the views of the
I rural electric systems of Amcr
As with statewide associations,
| membership in NRECA is vol
! untary, and more than 90 per
, cent of all Rural Electric Sys
tems belong to the National As
sociation. Member systems, by
vote at annual meeting or
through their elected state di
rectors. control policies, services,
and actions of NRECA.
The Rural Electrification Ad
ministration is the real "REA”
so often referred to in matters
of rural electrification. It is ac
tually a banking institution. A
government agency. REA makes
loans to local organizations for
the construction of electric lines
in rural areas. Loans are secur
ed bv a mortgage and repaid
with interest over a period of 35
veai-s. While REA loans are
available to "persons” corpora
tions. states, cities, and dis
tricts. ‘ most of the borrowers
have been rural electric coop
Contrary to the general opin
ion. REA does not own or con
trol the systems that borrow
money Nor does it hire the
manager, set the rates, or dic
tate policy of the local systems.
i REA s and the Government's
interest in the operation of rural
I electrics is much the same as
I that of any prudent banker.
That is. to make loans and take
I the necessary action to collect
And the credit record of REA
borrowers has astonished manv
private bankers. Over SI billion
in principal and interest has
been paid to REA. on S 3", bil
lion in loans. Best of all much
of this has been paid prior to
due date!
Continued from Page One
you just cant afford to do it
by hand.
A silo unloader, at the flip of a
switch, tirelessly and effortlessly
unloads silage at five cents a
ton. Rather than being paid five
cents a ton for digging and
throwing down silage, today a
farmer loses dollars for every
hour he uses a silage fork or
manure scoop. In that hour, he
could be handling another 10
cows or 50 hogs.
Electrically operated bulk
coolers have increased the sale
price of milk as much as 35
cents per hundred. One Vermont
fanner found he could add 20
cows to his herd when he in
stalled a pipeline milker. By
pushing buttons and pulling
switches, a midwest fanner
feeds 400 cattle and 500 hogs in
only a few minutes, a job that
would require a half dozen men
a half day to do bv hand.
Future’s Bzight
There’s no doubt but that
Rural Electrification has played
a big part in our changes in
But we haven’t seoa anything
yet if there’s anything to the
prediction of the future—that
farm scientific and technological
developments of the next 10
years will be equivalent to the
a whtf*_g6Peration
Co-ops Lead From Start
Os Rural Electrification
Back in 1935. REA officials
first tried to interest existing
electric companies in building
and extending electric facilities
to rural areas. They weren’t in
terested by and large, and little
was done to provide electricity
to people living beyond the city
I limits . . . So—farmer-organized
I cooperatives have 'taken the ball
and run with it, to spread the
benefits of electric light and
power to people living and
working in the country. In 1935,
less than 11 per cent of the Na
tion’s farms had electricity; to
day. 96 percent now have a de
pendable source of low cost elec
'tric light and power.
Os the first 10 loans made by
REA by November, 1935. seven
were made to cooperatives, one
to a private power company, and
the others to state and city bor
rowers. By the end of 1936,
nearly 100 cooperatives in 26
states had signed loan contracts
with the government
984 Borrowers Are Co-ops
According to official records,
of the total 1,085 borrowers who
have obtained funds from REA,
984 have been cooperatives. Fif
ty have been Public Power Dis
tricts. 27 are listed as “Other
Public Bodies." and 24 have been
independent power companies.
The fact that cooperatives
have taken the lead in rural
electrification is understandable 0
when you consider the factors
involved. At best providing
scattered farmers and open rural
areas with electrical service al
ways has been viewed by estab
lished power companies as a
relatively high-cost, low-profit
business. Also, from the start
of REA, low-cost electrical ser
vice to everyone on an area
basis has been one of the re
quirements for obtaining a gov
.. i ' •
: on 25 years of progress in the
Rural Electrification Program!
We Salue the Albemarle Electric Membership
Corporation For Its Part In This Program
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ernment loan.
People Willing To Work
In the end. it has been the de
termined men and women, liv
ing and working without the
benefits of electricity who have
been willing to shoulder the
you've Done A Dig, Dig Job,,,
•.. and your Silver Jubilee Celebration J o i
is a milestone in the progress
of Rural Electrification and
American agriculture.
Kelvinator Refrigerators
Kelvinator Ranges and Washers ■'TrTTS/
Sylvania TV
burden of rural electrification. j!
They have organized into non- ..
profit cooperatives, and have en
tered a covenant with the gov-;
ernment to provide electrical;
, service to all who want it, re-1
gardless of size of the consumer
1 or where he is located.
As a result, REA-financed
electric systems average only
three consumers per mile, and
some systems in thinly settled I
areas average less 'than one.
for the: rural electric
systemKpoiht out), “This makes
things much tougher for the
rural entries than the city sys
tems. £»ut thby’ve learned" to
! live with their problems. They
are managing to make ends,
meet. 'je'qaying their REA loans
with interest, and often in ad-
I vance. They’ll do even bolter in
' the future.”

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