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Rural Electric Cooperatives Past Present and Future In the beginning it was dark there was no light besides the sun there were no cooperatives power lines or night-lights Can you imagine life without electricity I can not nor do I want to You would not have a refrigerator hot water washing machine dryer or many other things Sibyl Jacobs my grandmother clearly remembers life without electricity We were so excited when we got electricity at our house We got electricity at our house before others in the community because we lived on the main highway We were so glad we didnt have to carry kerosene lamps from room to room at night We got our first refrigerator in 1942 when my brother sent money home from the war for us to buy one The Jacobs girls would all come to our house to iron on Saturday because they had not yet got electricity and we had an electric iron Oh it was so nice I had to starch and iron pants and shirts for my four brothers and Papa It was so good to have an electric iron we didnt have to go back and forth to the fire to keep reheating our irons And it was much cooler in the summer since we didnt have to keep the fire going for the ironing We got a washing machine in 1945 By 1945 we had lights an iron a washing machine a dryer and a refrigerator It is hard to imagine even now how much having electricity changed our lives Oh and having a bathroom and running water inside was also wonderfulJacobs 1 All these things my grandmother talked about we take for granted With my generation just starting the twenty-first century I think we should all stop and think about where we are today how far we have come and what the possibilities are for the future The idea of electrifying homes across America
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