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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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    One of the few projects to receive a 1936 allotment was the OAKDALE
COOPERATIVE ELECTRICAL ASSOCIATION, so incorporaaed on April 24, 1936.
This Cooperative is a charter member of STATEWIDE and was represented
at the organization meeting by Mr. W. E. Rabe, president of the Oakdale
Board of Directors. Other members of the Board are:
           C. E. CHRISTENSON, Vice-President, Camp Douglas
           R. E. DUNLAP, Secretary, Tomah
           I. A. FROHMADER, Treasurer, Camp Douglas
           F. HABELMAN, Camp Douglas
           ALBERT FREI, Camp Douglas
           ARTHUR C. SCHULTZ, Mauston
    Regular meetings of the Board are held at Oakdale on the last Thurs-
day of the month. The office of the Cooperative has been established at
    Mr. Lloyd McCaskey of Camp Douglas has been appointed project
superintendent and Mrs. I. B. Niebuhr of Oakdale is stenographer and
    Construction was started in January, 1937, on these lines in Monroe
and Juneau County, with- the A. A. Electric Company of Cicero, Illinois,
as Contractors. N. L. Lundeen was STATEWIDE'S resident engineer. Due
to frost and other various delays, the first section was not energized until
July 14-the project being completed the latter part of the month. Eighty-
siY miles, which is the entire original project, has now been energized.
December 31 there were 221 consumers and they expect to reach the full
three to the mile in a few weeks.
    On September 27 of thris year the REA approved the allotment of
$72,000 for an addition to this project. This second section lies chiefly
in Juneau county. The bids were opened November 16 and the contract
was awarded to Honold and LaPage of Sheboygan, who have been noti-
fied to start construction early in January.
    A great deal could be written about the pioneering spirit of this group
of farmers. Immediately alert to the possibility the new program had to
offer, they were the first group to invite the Director (Mr. 0. S. Loomis)
to lay the plan before them. Undaunted by obstacles and setbacks, of
which they had at least the average share, they carried their plans to
    The community spirit of the Oakdale group was very evident at the
Dedication and Utilization Meeting which was held on October 18. The
City of New Lisbon, which had cooperated by installing an additional
Diesel Unit to be able to furnish power from its municipal plant, gave
their High School band a day off that they might lead the parade and
add their music to the festivities. Various speakers representing REA,
the Coordination office, and STATEWIDE were heard. The main address was
given by the Honorable Orland S. Loomis, Attorney General of Wisconsin.
The Community Club served a chicken dinner at noon and in the evening
and the Homemaker's Clubs presented original entertainment which indi-
cated that their people are wide-awake to their new advantages, and deeply
appreciative of the new design on which their daily living may now be

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