In a presentation titled "Reminiscences of Delta-Montrose Rural Power Lines Association," Dorothy Dunfelder of Delta revisited the early days of rural electrification for over 80 people attending the DMEA annual meeting in Hotchkiss last Friday.
Dorothy grew up on a cattle ranch at Maher.
Her mother, Kate Tracy, was a board member for the first rural electric cooperative in the area and the excitement of electricity coming to their home was memorable.
Kate Tracy was a rural electric co-op board member from 1939 to 1957.
The arrival of electricity created "changes in life. The first appliance we got was a refrigerator," Dunfelder recalled.
Though the family had some fun experiences learning how to operate a new electric butter churn when it arrived at the family home, Dunfelder said that with the arrival of electric power "life was so much simpler and easier on everyone. Not just because of the electric lights, but because of all the other improvements also."blog comments powered by Disqus