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I loved reading this in The Atkins Chronicle, 23 Jan 2013 issue, at page 3.

75 Years Ago
From the files of Feb. 4, 1938
People of Hector will celebrate the installation of electric power Tuesday, Feb. 22. The celebration will begin at 4 o'clock. J M Danley of Scottsville is in charge of the program. H M Cheek of Hector will deliver the welcome address. Other speakers on the program will be W P Strait of Morrilton, Lieutenant Governor Bob Bailey, Judge A B Priddy, Reece Caudle and E W Hogan of Russellville.

Rural Arkansans have always been last to get most of the modern conveniences.

As early as 1913, Arkansas had, in addition to city and town electrical utilities, an electric utility that connected cities on the power grid.

So I imagine that a quarter of a century later, it was a really big deal for the little Pope County town of Hector to get electricity.

In my mind's eye, I see someone ceremoniously flipping a switch, and I hear the "oohs and aahs."
Got this photo in my email the other day.


That's my dad, and one of his favorite hunting dogs - a pointer named Rex. The year was 1972.

Dad always loved to bird hunt - back in the day when Arkansas had an abundant quail population.

Before humans destroyed their habitat.

When I was very young, he had English setters. The pointers came later. Dad and his dogs competed in field trials.

And Rex was a very cool dog.
As I read other blogs, I've noted that most bloggers try very hard to credit information they use in their blogs to appropriate sources, if it's not original content.

It does kind of bug me to see a blogger's copyright symbol displayed on so many old photographs. While I understand that the blogger is probably trying to prevent indiscriminate copying and re-use of photos, just possessing a photo doesn't grant you copyright.

From the FAQ page of the United States Copyright Office:
Copyright is the right of the author of the work or the author's heirs or assignees, not of the one who only owns or possesses the physical work itself. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Who Can Claim Copyright.”

I am taking the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge, albeit starting a few months late.

Date: 2013-03-01 01:45 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dee, I think I rely too heavily on google reader to inform me of new posts. I just realized how unreliable it is! I missed that you were doing the FH Alphabet Challenge! So sorry. Are you feeling challenged by it? (I am!)

What an interesting article you found about Hector getting electricity. They must have jumped for joy to finally have been able to quit using gas lamps. On the other hand, just because they had electricity, they may not yet have had electrical appliances -- lamps, refrigerators, toasters, etc. I suppose it was a little expensive to transition.

I love the photo of your father and Rex. Your dad looks so serious and focused.

Nancy from My Ancestors and Me

The Letter B

Date: 2013-03-05 05:15 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dee I love the idea of Bits & Pieces. It has allowed you to go with anecdotes which are such a fascinating part of family history, and worth recording.
Alona @ Gould Genealogy

Hi cousin

Date: 2013-07-07 01:05 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Well I'm catching up with my blog reading and just had to tell you how much I loved this pic of Uncle Bill and Rex. Mom told me once how great he was with those dogs of his. What a treasure of a photo. Barbara


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