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Wisconsin Rural Electric Cooperative Association / First yearbook, 1938

A message to the farmers of Wisconsin,   p. 3 PDF (221.4 KB)

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     A Message To The Farmers of Wisconsin
     In establishing the REA program, the National Administration took
a great forward step in the interests of rural America. This program
is bound to be of permanent value to the farmers in many parts of this
country. Incidentally, Industry, such as the electrical industry, has bene-
fitted and will continue to benefit from this market for its products. Day
by day it becomes more clearly understood that the action taken by
Congress, in endorsing the President's recommendation for the creation
of the Rural Electrification Administration, was a great step forward.
     In less than three years, we, here in Washington, have seen the REA
program grow from an idea to a successful established service.
    In studying the problem of rural electrification in the U. S. A., and
following the course of development that has solved the problem, we must
first extend our congratulations to the farmers of Wisconsin who have
so cooperatively and enthusiastically worked out the successful solution.
They have made a splendid contribution toward improving and bettering
the lives of their neighbors and themselves.
    Wisconsin's position in the REA program is outstanding and you
may well be proud of its liberal and cooperative record. Your action
in establishing, as your central organization, the Wisconsin Rural Electric
Cooperative Association, was a constructive step in cooperative endeavor
and has enabled you to solve many problems that were common to all.
    In maintaining your close contact with the Rural Electrification Ad-
ministration in Washington, you have had the help and assistance of a
federal agency devoted to a conscientious effort to rapidly bring the
benefit of electricity to un-electrified rural America. Through the medium
of rural electrification, the living conditions of our rural citizens are
immeasurably improved and your work in Wisconsin will remain a
permanent monument on the road of progress.
United States Senator

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