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Historical photo of Southeast Electric building and staff

In 1946 several gentlemen met at a kitchen table to discuss how they could bring electricity to the rural areas of our community. They faced many obstacles and borrowed a tremendous amount of money to build this electrical cooperative. The most difficult problem was to get the supplies that were needed to build the lines at the very same time hundreds of other cooperatives were trying to do the very same thing. An order took at least a year to receive. The country was recovering from WWII. Representatives had to drive from ranch to ranch to convince the owners to join up. Many people weren’t sure what electricity was all about. One local housekeeper thought that she had to have an appliance plugged in to each outlet at all times so the electricity would not "drip" out of the holes. This picture is from 1953. Our hats off to these early day employees who worked under the most difficult conditions to keep the lights on at the lowest cost possible. Today, we have about the same number of employees and continue to provide our member-owners with reliable electrical energy at the lowest cost possible.

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