Wisconsin Rural Electric Cooperative Association / First yearbook, 1938
The builders, pp. 31-32 PDF (485.5 KB)
32 WISCONSIN RuRAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION condition of service for all. Through the office which has been established in Madison, departmental heads and office assistants, and in the field the supervisory engineers and the resident engineers, continue to help the farmers bring their plans to reality and their cherished hope to fruition. All electric cooperatives in Wisconsin, with one exception, have availed themselves of the services obtainable through STATEWIDE. The (HIPPEWA VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE had signed an engineering contract before the organization of this central cooperative, but has since that time become a member. The municipality of Bangor, although it cannot become a member, because of the by-law limitations of STATEWIDE, has nevertheless manifested its confidence in the WRECA by arranging for its services to supervise the construction of the village's rural extensions. Not long ago, Mr. H. 0. Melby, president of the WISCONSIN RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION, voiced the sentiments of the hard. working, thrifty, clear-thinking farmers of Wisconsin in the following words: "It seems to me that the cooperators who have built these electric distribution lines in rural areas, have brought about an epoch for the farmers. I believe it is unifying rural and urban parts of our country, raising the standard of living, and making us all one community of neighbors."
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