The Wellington Leader from Wellington, Texas on April 23, 1964 · Page 8
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April 23, 1964

The Wellington Leader from Wellington, Texas · Page 8

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Section 2 Volume LIV For Fifty-three Years a Builder in Collingsworth County 10« PER COPY Electric Co-op Has Outstanding Safety Record A safety record that li's outstanding in the Panhandle has been written by employees of the Greenbelt Electric Co-operative, Inc., over its' 25 year history. Accurately kept accounts reveal that on April 1, Greenlbelt employees altogether had worked 117,505% hours since the lasb accident serious enough for anyone to be off won-k. This is the equivalent of 13% years. Thei-e have been only two accidents since 1950, when the cooperative began keelpintg '.records, and very few; prior to that, Manager George Henry points out. v. The jiumber''of employees ranges from 15, to 19, and there are eight motor vehicles in operation 'every working day. Greenbelt employees seldom discuss their; outstanding record of preserving health and Mfe. However, 10 certificates hang across the wall in one room of their building and the eleventh will go up in a few weeks. Each of these sigrtifies one full.year without any time lost due to accidents. The safety certificates are given jointly by A&M College Extension Service, the Vocational Division of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Job and Safety Unit. The first certificate was received in 1950. Two other safety awards have been received, both from insurance companies. One, received in 1959, was for 50,000 consecutive accident-free hours, and the other awarded in 1962 was for one accident-free year. The one tragic accident to a Greenbelt employee came in June 1958, with the death of Royce Dstves. He lost his balance and fell from a tedder onto the concrete floor of an elevator in which he was work- dng near Gtroom, Henry recalls. The other recorded accident was a minor one; Dick Pendle- Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, Thursday, April 23, 1964 Number 40 GREENBELT MANAGER George Henry became manager of Greenbelt Electric Co-operative, Inc. in December 1954, after having been an employee since May 22, 1945. He was promoted to that place from line superintendent. Under Henry the co-operative has continued its expansion program and built its handsome new home at the corner of Amarillo and Tenth Streets. Highway 83 Group to Meet The spring meeting of the U. S. and Canada Hiway 83 Association will be held at liberal, Kansas in the Holiday Inn ton bruised a knee and was off work one day. For that period before records were kept, Henry could remember only two accidents, one broken arm and a mashed foots. on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3. Entertainment is planned for Saturday ndght and business will ibe conducted Sunday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. The 1964 convention city will be selected and promotion of Highway 83 will be ddscussed. The meeting is open to anyone interested. Organizations in al? towns along Highway 83 are eligible for membership in the organization, and those planning to attend the May 2 and 3 meeting may make arrangements with the National Headquarters Wheeler Buys Angus Bull Ted J. Wheeler of Wellington, recently purchased an Aberdeen-Angus bull from D. C. WilKams of Granite, Okla., according to the American Angus Association. 83 Highway, Box 676, Liberal, Kansas 67901. Highway 83 is the connecting link betjween the Alcan Highway and the Pan American Highway. AS ONE CO-OP TO ANOTHER WE CONGRATULATE THE GREENBELT ELECTRIC CO-OP, INC. UPON THE OCCASION OF THEIR Silver It is with pride and gratitude that we extend congratulations to this co-operative that has rendered such faithful and valuable service to the rural people of our area for the past 25 years. It is impossible to calculate the economic value their service has brought to the central and eastern Panhandle and a portion of Western Oklahoma. Since Greenbelt was established in 1939 a whole generation has grown up that does not know what it is to do without electricity on the farms and ranches of our area: but they do love their homes because of the comfort, entertainment and increased efficiency the Greenbelt Co-op has provided We extend our best wishes for another twenty-five years of useful and vital service. Farmers Gin & Elevator DODSON, TEXAS EDCROWDER, Mgr. Phone 493-2601 Jim Cobb to Speak Friday at Meeting G-uest speaker at the annual meeting of Greenbelt Electric Co-opera'Uve, Inc.,, Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m. is J. R. (Jim) Cobb, general manager of tihe Texas Electtric Co-qperatives, Inc., with headquarters at Austin, and a pioneer in rural 1 electrification, in Texas and the South. A native of Louisiana, Cobb was educated tin that state, including degrees in agricultural and electrical engineering from Louisiana State University. His first association .with rural electrification was in 193G- 37 when he was- with the Louisiana State Agricultural Extension Service. He helped develop the first electric co-ops in Louisiana — including the system a I. Lafayette, ILa., now the largest in the world. His success in co-op organizational work came to the attention of officials of the Rural 1 Electrification Administration, and they secured him to work in the agency's utilization division. In this position he worked with co-ops throughout the Southeastern United States. In 1938 he worked in Texas, developing new co-ops and as a utilization representative of REA. REA transferred him to Washington, D.C., in 1941 to head the agency's installation loan division. In 1946 he was •promoted to assistant chief of the applications and loans division. Cobb left REA in 1948 to head the rural sales division of General Motors' Frigidaire Division. In 1952 he was. promoted to head' of laundry equipment sales. From 1954 to 1956 he headed the utility and rural sales division of Frigidaire. In 1957 he was promoted to assistant to the general manager of Firigidaire's Southern States Branch and Distributor Sales. Greenbelt Electric Co-op, Inc Observes Silver Anniversary Greenbelt Electric Co-operative, Inc., will ol)sei*ve its 25th anniversary of service to the central and eastern Panhandle with the annual meeting Fri- clay, April 24. The meeting will be at 2 (p.m. in the community building, ac- cordiing to George Henry, manager. The guest speaker will be J. R. (Jim) Cobb of Austin, general manager for Texas Electric Co-operatives, Inc. At this time, members will hear a review of the impressive record their cooperative has made. During the business session, the financial report will be heai'd and new directors elected from three districts. Nominated for these places are: District 3: Selba Rainey of Lutie and Gus Gooch of Dozier; District 6: A. J. Garland and Lloyd Reid, both of Route 1, Clarendon; and District 7: Harold L. White of Hcdley and E. W. Barbee, Route 1, Clarendon. •Musical entertainment will be by the Quail FHA, Chorus under the direction of Mrs; Low- eTl Wells. This gi-oup has appeared regularly for approximately a dozen years'. Greenbelt Electric Co-operative, Inc., now serves neai'ly 3,000 customers in an area that extends into seven counties. This .begins at Claude, in Armstrong county and extends eastward to Vinson, Okla., including all of Oollingswoirth and! Donley counties., and parts of Wheeler, Gray, Childress, and Hall counties in Texas, and Harmon county, Okla., Manager Henry points out. He became general manager of Texas Electric Co-operatives, Inc., in March 1958. Cobb is vice president of Texas Federation of Co-operatives. FRIDAY SPEAKER J. R. (Jim) Cobb, a pioneer in rural electrification in Texas and the South, will be the guest speaker at the 25th annual meeting of the Greenbelt Electric Cooperative, Inc. here Friday afternoon. Cobb is general manager of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. * * * But the histoi-y of Greenbelt goes back to a sweltering September fifteenth in 1938, when a small group, small enough to get in the Commissioners' Court room, came to hear about getting electricity for themselves by organizing a cooperative and borrowing money from the Rural Electrification Administration. As many as could sat in the windows, where there was a little breeze, but they organiz- ed and elected the late Harry Patterson of Dodson as their president. The other directors were Walter C. Staw of Quail, vice president; J. S. Driskill of Wellington, secretary-treasurer; and Wallace O'Rear of Rolla, A. N. Wiseman of Wdl- nulcer; Guy Beasley of Albra, and S. W. Norwood of Samnorwood. Only Mr. O'Rear and Mr. Beasley are still laving. —See back page, Section 2 Congratulations Greenbelt Electric Cooperative, Inc. In our home and on OUT farms and ranches, Greenbelt has served us for 25 years. Now we join their many other friends in expressing pride as they observe this anniversary. We cannot measure in dollars what Greenbelt Electric Cooperative has enabled us to add to our economy, but we can enjoy the results of this benefit. At B & B Electric, you will find such famous names as WHIRLPOOL . . . SUNBEAM ... and many others, all products that join with the electric industry to make your life better. And to all of you who are our loyal customers as well as Greenbelt Patrons, we now say "Thank You." B & B Electric YOUR Lucian Bearden DEALER Quinton Brewer

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