Thursday, December 3, 2020

100 Years Ago This December 4

What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer Issue of  December 4, 1920. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

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Burns Furniture Company

Covington Chevrolet Dealership

Covington's first electric power was apparently "direct current" which limits distant distribution. Switching over to "alternating current" (A.C.) helped the town join others in the successful electrification of homes and businesses. While going from D.C. to A.C. meant changing all the light fixtures and appliances already purchased and in use, the town and its residents felt it best.
Residents living out in the country did without electricity the first few decades of the 20th century, until the 1936 Rural Electrification Act helped electric cooperative associations string up lines and ramp up voltage that enabled power distribution into the far-flung areas. Even then, not every rural home had electricity for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hartley Golden Anniversary