Getting the Lights

Electricity[i]

 

     Electricity was installed through the communities of Eastern Kings periodically. Homes in Red Point had electricity before homes in East Baltic and homes there had it before places along the Northside. Electricity transformed the domestic duties that most people had. With electricity, came the installation of additional technology that made life easier like stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators.

     Day-to-day chores were made easier with such a technological advancement. People no longer had to clean the glass globes of kerosene lamps. The smell of kerosene, too, soon faded from the house.

     The first day electricity was turned on in East Baltic, in the mid 50's, Harold and Amanda MacGregor's family made a game with the lights in the stairway. Some kids stood at the bottom of the stairs and flicked the light on, only to have the other kids at the top of the stairs flick the light off just as quickly.

     Anita (Rose) Baker's father was one of the first people to own a television in East Baltic. After Anita was married in August of 1958, she went picking potatoes only to come down with the German measles. She was put on bed rest at her mother and fathers for ten days, where she lied on the couch and watched TV. While everyone else was working the fields, Anita watched black and white coverage of the Springhill mine disaster for those ten days in October of 1958. 

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