Today, we hear politicians decry that the federal government is killing the private enterprise of coal mining by imposing environmental regulations and supporting other forms of energy.
This is nothing new. The same scenario played out when, in 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was established by
However, that move ultimately destroyed an entire division of General Motors known as Delco-Lights and other similar business that
The Delco-Light plant was first built in 1916. The plant acted as an automobile system does today by using power from a storage battery to crank its engine. Then, the system turned the engine into a generator and stored electricity in batteries, or it could be used for direct power or light.
The device could ultimately provide electricity for several days before a recharge was necessary.
Other manufacturers began to produce devices to run off the Delco-Light plant, such as shallow and deep well pumps and systems for running water, clothes washers, vacuum cleaners, coffee percolators, toasters, waffle irons, irons, mixers, sewing machines, and even a portable power stand to operate the belt driven farm and household equipment that was popular at the time.
Local merchants carried light plants and products. Farmers & Merchants Lumber Company of Brenham, Texas sponsored an exhibit on January 30,
The September 18, 1931 issue of the Schulenburg Sticker noted that Charles Adamcik was demonstrating a new Delco radio with German tubes that plugged into the plant and used little electricity. The sound was described as the finest they had heard in a long time.
Lastly, local farmers enjoyed these products. The 1935 issue of the Schulenburg Sticker entitled Rural News Items stated:
“Emil Treptow and wife of Hallettsville R 5 have six boys. All are single with the exception of one who lives in Houston. This farm is in good condition, with plenty of teams, hogs, etc. They milk ten cows and sell butter and use the rest of the milk to feed the large flock of White Leghorn chickens and Narraganset turkeys. A few years ago their home burned and this was replaced with a new mission style house. It is splendidly furnished with all modern conveniences. He does not have to worry about the cold weather as he can set (sic) by a warm stove, turn on the radio and be comfortable. His home is lighted by a Delco system. He sells eggs from his pedigreed flock to the hatchery at Schulenburg.”
Illustration of a Delco Light Plant; photo courtesy of http://delcolight.com/20.html
Https://www.Delcolight.com downloaded December 21, 2018.
Https://www.fayette.coop/history downloaded December 21, 2018.
Http://www.doctordelco.com/Dr._Delco/Delco-Light/Delco-Light.html downloaded December 21, 2018.
The Flatonia Argus (Flatonia, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 25, 1923.
The Schulenburg Sticker (Schulenburg, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, September 18, 1931.
The Schulenburg Sticker (Schulenburg, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, February 1, 1935