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MEC TIMELINE  CELEBRATING 75 YEARS


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The hand pump behind the house provided water for cooking, washing and bathing.

To darn socks or read at night, one would have to be fairly close to the oil lamp which dimly lit the room.

During the 1930s, lamp oil was as common a commodity in stores as sugar and flour.

Can you image no TV or video game entertainment after dinner?

Wood was burned in a cook-stove to prepare meals, warm the room, and heat water.

Doing laundry required pumping water, heating it on a wood stove, scrubbing on a washboard, rinsing in a tub, and hanging to dry.

Jack Smith (second from left) looks over a feasibility map with REA officials and Norman Williams, county agent, in February 1938.

Electricity is coming! That was the exciting topic of conversation in the early 1930s.

Rural residents eagerly signed up to have electricity provided to their homes.

In 1938, our second substation was built in Skipwith.

It took real teamwork to set each pole manually.

Engineer survey crew in Chase City in 1941.

The original MEC office in Boydton was moved to Chase City at the intersection of Highway 92 and Sycamore Street.

In 1938 MEC linemen worked wearing straw hats and jeans, without the personal protective equipment we require today.

A 1944 line crew (from left): Francis Allgood, Guy Walton, William Crews and Kermit Driggs. The beginning pay for groundmen hired that year was 70 cents per hour.

Manager Jack Smith and MEC linemen pose in front of a Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative vehicle.

In 1946 MEC was instrumental in starting the Rural Virginian, which is now the Cooperative Living magazine. It has grown into the largest circulated publication in Virginia.

Ernest Buck Edwards, Ralph Barwick, Norman Strickland, Jeaneete Smith, Garnette Smith, Floyd Ramsey, and Edd Hart in front of the office in1948.

In June of 1950 the new headquarters building was completed.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative employees in front of the fleet of vehicles in 1954.

In the 1950s this display at the local fair boasts that Mecklenburg Electric has 12,000 members. Today that number has more than doubled.

A foreign group tours the all-electric farm home of William M. Park in 1963.

MEC employees Don Willis and Moses Hobbs in 1968. During this year two new substations were built--Brink and Buffalo Junction.

In 1979 Evangeline Jackson (pictured left) became the first woman to serve on the board. She served as president from 1982-1987.

In 1981 Youth Tour delegates from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative met with Congressman Dan Daniel in his office.

John Bowman met with rural electrification leaders from Bangladesh. He was later the recipient of the Cooperative Leadership Award.

In 1988 the Cooperative celebrated its 50th anniversary and unveiled this attractive marker at all three districts.

The Clover Power Station entered full commercial operation in March 1996.

The two students pictured received MEC’s first $500 college scholarships in 1997. Nine scholarships are now given annually.

MEC created a website on the internet in 1999 in order to provide information to members. Pictured above is our present website.

In 2003 Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative was selected as “Business of the Year” by the Chase City Chamber of Commerce.

In 2004 Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative was the first electric utility to be featured on national television on Terry Bradshaw’s “Pick of the Week” program.

In October of 2008 the Co-op Connections program was introduced. To date it has saved MEC members over $250,000 in prescription costs.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative was awarded “Business of the Year” by the Emporia/Greensville Chamber of Commerce in 2008.

In 2008 MEC rolled out a new outage viewing system so members can see outages in real time on MEC website.

The Merchants Association of Gretna selected the Cooperative as “Business of the Year” in 2009.

The Cooperative presents a variety of informative programs and safety demonstrations geared to school-aged children as well as civic organizations and churches.

Chambers of Commerce in our service territory can count on Mecklenburg Electric to help with festivals and other activities.

Employees of the Cooperative give to Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, and other worthwhile causes throughout the year.

In 2012 MEC began offering all members the option of electric service fully backed by Renewable Energy Certificates under the “Rider GT.”

Officials from the Cooperative meet periodically with legislators to inform them of legislation that will affect rural electric cooperatives and residents.

In 2012 MEC’s American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) score reached an all-time high of 86 and surpassed the industry’s average of 76.

 

  
 
 

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