Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 19, 2014

Kentucky Historical Society unveils marker for 1st Farmers RECC substation

GLASGOW — The Kentucky Historical Society dedicated a historical marker at the Goodnight substation, at 6014 N. Jackson Highway, in Cave City on Thursday.

The Goodnight substation was the first for Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation and was energized 75 years ago, powering more than 100 homes.

The marker reads: “On Jan. 12, 1939, the Goodnight substation was energized. The circuit powered 107 homes along 51 miles of power line in Barren County. This substation was the first in Farmers RECC service territory. Electricity improved rural life, increased agricultural production and powered economic development in south central Kentucky.”

Coordinator for Kentucky Historical Society’s Historical Marker Program, Becky Riddle, said she was happy to be there for the event because it’s nice for people to know where electricity in the area originated, and when it started.

“Our goal is to commemorate important places and events in history,” Riddle said. “People value history, and it makes me feel good to document this and pass it on to the generations to come.”

Riddle said in order to obtain a historical marker, an application has to be filled out and approved. Applications are accepted in April and October, and are made available on the Kentucky Historical Society’s website.

Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer was also there and said events such as this are the best honors of her life.

“These markers are beautiful and eye-catching. They’ll live on,” she said.

The CEO and president for Farmers RECC, William Prather, also spoke to the crowd of about 30 people who had gathered for the event.

“I just want to thank everyone for being here,” Prather said. “This is a wonderful culmination of our 75th anniversary celebration last year.”

Prather said that it might be hard for people these days to understand the enthusiasm of those who brought the first electricity to those 107 homes in 1939, but that it shouldn’t be difficult to appreciate it.

“They must have been so eager to have what we take for granted, and I just can’t imagine what it meant to have that convention come to their farms,” Prather said.

Hardly 10 months before this, Farmers RECC had just started up, he added.

Eugena Morrison, 85, of Glasgow, said she remembers when electricity came to her parent’s farm.

Morrison said she was about 11 at the time.

“When we got our first refrigerator, boy were we sure glad we didn’t have to buy that big 100 pound block of ice every week,” she said.

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