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Wisconsin Rural Electric Cooperative Association / First yearbook, 1938

Introduction: local cooperative histories,   pp. 33-49 PDF (4.3 MB)

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know that this typical Wisconsin farm community take their Cooperative
seriously, and are ready to continue their splendid voluntary efforts that
the ultimate result may be a successfully operating distribution system.
    In the Green Bay region lies a project of about 300 miles of distribu-
tion line which was originally incorporated as NORTHEASTERN ELECTRIC
COOPERATIVE and reincorporated on January 18, 1937, as the OcoNTo
ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE. Construction, the contract for which was let to
L. G. Arnold, Inc. of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was begun in July and the
lines are now completed and serviceable.  G. W. Wallace has been the
STATEWIDE resident engineer.
    Difficulty in getting their homes wired is perhaps the reason that the
fully paid up membership was only 361 in early November. However,
the manager, Mr. Earl G. Redman, reports that following the energizing
of the first section late in October, a general stimulation resulted, and
problem was greatly lessened; new members were accepted and several
connections made daily from then on. The office bookkeeper and steno-
grapher is Arnold M. Truebenbach.
    The OCONTO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE was successful in obtaining sat-
isfactory wholesale rates from the local Union Falls Power Company at
Oconto Falls.
    The men who were chosen by their neighbors to guide the policies
of this new venture in their community are named here. They meet the
latter part of each month in Oconto Falls.
                 JOHN MAGNIN, President
                 OSCAR GILBERTSON, Vice-President
                 CHARLES KoSLOWSKY, Secretary
                 WM. PROCKNOW, Treasurer
                 JOHN MAGNIN, Lena
                 OSCAR GILBERTSON, Cecil
                 CHARLES KoSLOWSKY, Coleman
                 WM. PROCKNOW, Gillett
                 AUGUST CHRISTOPHERSON, Lena
                 ORNER VIRTUES, Little Suamico
                 E. A. WIANS, Cillett
                 JOHN BARTZ, Suring
                 WM. G. WILKE, Underhill
    Mr. Oscar Gilbertson represents the Cooperative on the Board of
Directors of the Wisconsin Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and
is one of the incorporators of STATEWIDE.
    In a particularly scenic part of our state, with the Mississippi river
and beautiful Lake Pepin on its western border. we find a project of
about 318 miles of lines, which will upon their completion in the spring
of 1938, become the property of the PIERCE-PEPIN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE.
    N. C. Anderson represented the Pierce Cooperative as an incorporator
of STATEWIDE. This Cooperative was reincorporated on February 23,

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