Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

July 19, 2013

Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative reviews 75 years

By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce members and guests arrived at the chamber’s quarterly breakfast Friday morning to see lightbulbs, hard hats and work gloves on the breakfast tables.

In honor of its 75th anniversary, Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative served as the event’s hosts, and CEO Bill Prather shared some of the cooperative’s history with the community.

Farmers Rural Electric is one of the community’s greatest do-it-yourself projects, Prather said. In the 1930s, electricity wasn’t automatically installed in rural areas. The Rural Electrification Administration was created as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1935 to help make electricity more affordable to rural communities, but it was still up to the rural areas to decide they wanted the electricity. A local extension agent started holding meetings in Barren County in 1936 and 1937 to gauge the community’s interest in electricity, and in 1938 Farmers Rural Electric was born. Power was first delivered in 1939 to 107 members.

“The cooperative has been a story of hard work and cooperation throughout our area,” Prather said.

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