REA – Electricity Comes to the Country

Did you ever live so far into the country that the power company wouldn’t furnish you with electricity?

We did. Although, we lived only three miles outside of Billingsley, AL, I was four years old before the REA came through the country side.

I still remember that day. The family gathered round the drop-cord in our sitting room, and someone held me up to the light switch, for it had been decided, that since I was the youngest, I’d get to be the first one to turn on a light.

One of my brothers humorously declaimed, “Let there be light.” And I turned it on.

Wow! To a child raised around kerosene lamps, that light was miraculous. So much so, that I will always carry that scene with me.

Learn about the TVA and how it brought electricity to the country!

February 25, 2010 В· Carolyn В· 3 Comments
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3 Responses

  1. Sue - February 25, 2010

    I can’t imagine growing up without electricity.

  2. Kat - February 28, 2010

    That’s an awesome memory!! And you were only 4. How cool!!

  3. Melanie - March 3, 2010

    Who knew you lived part of your life without electricity. What an experience to be that person to turn it on for the very first time. I can see why that memory has stuck with you. рџ™‚

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