75 years… a look at Blue Ridge, then and now
Aug 17, 2015
Throughout the year, we have had the opportunity to talk with people that remember when there was no power available for the vast majority of rural residents in upstate South Carolina. Whether in general conversation or formal interviews, it is touching to hear these folks tell the story of REA and the importance of electrification across our area. For those of us who don't remember that time, a book is available that follows Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative from 1940 until now. A History of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is anchored with a historical narrative researched and written by Terrel D. "Terry" Ballenger and illustrated with photos marking milestones in the co-op's 75-year history. Also included are actual accounts of those early days from members and grandchildren of members and former employees.
Pictured on the cover, Calvin Hudson, staker for Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, and Mrs. Agnes Morgan view her new meter. Blue Ridge had recently connected electric service to Mrs. Morgan's home. In her evaluation of the new experience of having electric power at her disposal, Mrs. Morgan was quoted as saying it was "like a gift from Heaven."
Produced as a coffee-table-style book, it will be available in all co-op offices for $10. Please stop by and take a look at this volume that chronicles the first 75 years of your electric cooperative.
Also, you can watch this 11-minute film that skillfully mixes individual recollections with photographic and other images from the co-op era. That video was premiered before the thousands who attended April's Blue Ridge annual meeting, and it received a truly warm reception there.