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we've found the answers to some of these questions. Othelectricity for more than just lights. Some of the photos
ers may forever remain a mystery. But the photos serve
were his work, others came from the staff of the old Rural
to remind us of a simpler time, and perfectly connect the
Electric Missourian, the original name for Rural Missouri.
The images represent a vanished way of life
cooperative with its community through a display that
in small-town America. Taken on old Speed
was created for its lobby.
Graphic and Rolleiflex cameras that exposed
"It's the community, the people," Laura says of the
photos. "The feedback we got from members in our
large negatives, they rival the best images to
come from today's digital cameras. But it's the
brand-new lobby was they just didn't feel like it
was their co-op. It was too sterile, too new. We
subjects that make these treasures. They show
Bourbon
needed to show the impact the co-op had on
people long gone, grapes being harvested, veterthe lives of the people who live here. And seeing
ans marching in a parade, a mailman making his
those old photos, what electricity brought to
last delivery, an elderly woman whose life was
their lives and how it impacted the development
brightened, literally, by electricity.
of the area, is what we are all about. Those photos helped
Some are intriguing by the questions they raise. For
remind us of that."
example, in one photo two Boy Scouts exchange a futuristic baton somewhere on Route 66. A town turns out for
You can view more of these photographs in our digital
the retirement of its barber, identified only as Jake. Three
pint-size ballplayers pose with their coach - why were they edition at www.ruralmissouri.coop. We would love to know
more about these photos. You can send your comments to
singled out?
Thanks to the internet and some savvy Facebook friends, jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop.

LINEMEN FOR THE CO-OP
When Crawford Electric installed the mural in the lobby of its new office one photo caught the attention of just about
everyone who ventured inside. It shows these two early linemen for the co-op in front of a grimy black pickup. Everyone,
it seemed, had an idea who the mystery linemen were. So intrigued were visitors that a print of the photo was made and
kept handy so it could be studied up close. From this the men have been identified as Orville Keeney and David Franklin
Wood. This truck, probably a 1947 International, has a utility bed. Early line trucks were spartan to say the least. Options
often didn't even include a heater. It would be many years before actual lineworking trucks joined the fleet.

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