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A-frame pole setting truck owned by DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative

A-frame pole setting truck owned by DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative
Date: 1937
This is a photograph of an a-frame pole setting truck owned by DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative in Solomon, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base.


Board Members, Dickinson, Saline & Ottawa rural electric coop

Board Members, Dickinson, Saline & Ottawa rural electric coop
Date: Between 1950 and 1953
This is a photograph of the Dickinson, Saline & Ottawa Rural Electric Cooperative board of directors. Timothy Francis Kelley, president, is seated in the center front row and Timothy Theodor Riordan is seated to Kelley's left. The other men in the photograph are unidentified.


Business buildings in Solomon, Kansas

Business buildings in Solomon, Kansas
Date: 1980 - 1989
This is a photograph of the DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative office with business buildings located across the street reflected in the window. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties


Columbus, Kansas

Columbus, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Here are several photographs and postcards of Columbus, Kansas. Columbus is the county seat of Cherokee County and the commercial center for the area. Being a railroad junction, shipping was an important part of its value to the early mining era. Columbus was founded in 1868 and its first post office was opened in 1869. Images include schools, churches, street scenes, the courthouse, the electric light plant, and parks.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's board of trustees

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's board of trustees
Date: May 1992
This is a photograph of DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's board of trustees. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. DS&O Rural Electrical Cooperative's office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's electrical line crew

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's electrical line crew
Date: Between 1964 and 1965
This is a photograph of a DS&O Electric Cooperative electrical line crew. People in the photograph are: Hank Paul by truck, Ray Eisenhauer in basket, and Jerry Kohman on pole. The equipment shown in the photo is a 1964 Ford This is a photograph of a Pitman Hotstick basket truck and a 1960 Chevrolet cab over digger truck with a Pitman Hyro lift. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. The DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees
Date: 1955
This is a photograph of DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees at the office in Solomon, Kansas. People in the photograph are identified as: front row (left to right) Red Conner, Dick Boyer, John Neilson, John Duck, Ray Eisenhauer, and Rich Warner, back row (left to right) Florence Ruth, Emil Samuelson, Rit Luke, Hank Paul, Dick Lumley, and Bill Wolfe. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees at the warehouse in Solomon, Kansas

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees at the warehouse in Solomon, Kansas
Date: July 1947
This is a photograph showing DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees standing by a truck at the warehouse in Solomon, Kansas. The people in the photograph are (left to right) Roy Duck, Jake Elmore, Walt Moyer, Marv Eisenhauer, and Andy Anderson. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. DS&O Rural Electrical Cooperative's office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees practicing job safety

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees practicing job safety
Date: September 1983
This is a photograph showing DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees practicing job safety. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. DS&O Rural Electrical Cooperative's office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees working on electric lines

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees working on electric lines
Date: Between 1980 and 1989
This is a photograph showing DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative employees working on electrical lines at an unidentified location. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's line crew

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's line crew
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This is a photograph showing DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's employees working on electrical lines. The people in the photograph are identified as (bottom) Marv Eisenhauer and (top) possibly Andy Anderson. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. The DS&O Rural Electrical Cooperative office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's lineman

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's lineman
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This is a photograph of DS&O Rural Electric Cooeprative's lineman Marvin Eisenhauer on a pole. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. DS&O Rural Electrical Cooperative's office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's office in Solomon, Kansas

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's office in Solomon, Kansas
Date: Between 1980 and 1989
This is a photograph of DS&O Rural Cooperative's office in Solomon, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's office in Solomon, Kansas

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's office in Solomon, Kansas
Date: April 1989
This is an interior view of the DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's office in Solomon, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's officials participating in a ground breaking ceremony

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's officials participating in a ground breaking ceremony
Date: Between 1980 and 1989
This a photograph of DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's officials participating in the ground breaking ceremony for Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (KEC) in Topeka, Kansas. Participating were, (left to right) Jerry Rumbaugh, manager of the cooperative; Ramona Johnson, Assaria, Kansas, serves on the KEC Woman's Executive Committee; and Eldon Johnson, Assaria, Kansas, a trustee on the DS&O cooperative board and a member of the KEC Board of Trustees. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's substation in Solomon, Kansas

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's substation in Solomon, Kansas
Date: April 02, 1948
This is a photograph of DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's substation in Solomon, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. DS&O Rural Electrical Cooperative's office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's truck with a pole digger

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's truck with a pole digger
Date: September 1985
This is a photograph of DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's truck with a pole digger. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative's office is located in Solomon, Kansas. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative conducting a safety exercise near Solomon, Kansas

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative conducting a safety exercise near Solomon, Kansas
Date: Between 1985 and 1989
This is a photograph showing DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative employees conducting a safety exercise near Solomon, Kansas. The men in the photograph are (left to right) Lyle Mehl, John Duck, John Neilson, Jerry Kohman, and L. "Rod" Rodda. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative pioneers

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative pioneers
Date: Between 1985 and 1989
This is a photograph of DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative pioneers: (left to right) Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Craft, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Schlesender, and Carl Peterson. The photograph was possibly taken in Solomon, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative substation

DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative substation
Date: Between 1980 and 1989
Here are two photographs showing a DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative substation at an unidentified location. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


DS&O Rural Electric district office in Solomon, Kansas

DS&O Rural Electric district office in Solomon, Kansas
Date: August 1997
This is a photograph of the DS&O Rural Electric district office in Solomon, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


Drilling a hole for an electric pole near Solomon, Kansas

Drilling a hole for an electric pole near Solomon, Kansas
Date: Between 1936 and 1937
This is a photograph showing DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative employees drilling a hole for an electric pole near Solomon, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


Early apparatus used to reach electrical lines in Lindsborg, Kansas

Early apparatus used to reach electrical lines in Lindsborg, Kansas
Creator: Lundquist Studio
Date: January 19, 1951
This is a photograph of an early apparatus used to reach electrical lines. It was used by the Smoky Valley Rural Electric in Lindsborg, Kansas.


Eldon and Ramona Johnson

Eldon and Ramona Johnson
Date: January 1998
This is a photograph of Eldon and Ramona Johnson who received certificates of appreciation from the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (KEC) in Topeka, Kansas. The Johnsons, who lived in rural Assaria, Kansas, were honored for their contributions to rural electrification in Kansas. Ramona was a member and participant in the KEC Women's Executive Committee for 12 years, including four years as its historian. Eldon served as the KEC Trustee Representative from DS&O Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc., for 13 years. While a member of the KEC board, Eldon, was KEC treasurer for two years, KEC secretary for two years, and KEC president for two years, completing his term as president in 1996.


Electrical substation in Abilene, Kansas

Electrical substation in Abilene, Kansas
Date: 1937
Here are three photographs of a DS&O Electric Cooperative substation in Abilene, Kansas. DS&O Electric Cooperative is an electric utility located in Solomon, Kansas. It was established during the Great Depression as part of the federal recovery effort to bring the advantages and economic stimulus of electric power to rural Kansas. In 1991, Smoky Valley Electric Cooperative in Lindsborg, Kansas, merged with DS&O, adding to the Cooperative's coverage area and member base. It was named DS&O because members were from Dickinson, Saline, and Ottawa counties.


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