Grantsville Gets "Lit" in 1927


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/20/1927 and 12/8/1927.


West Penn's New Equipment Here

The dynamos and engines that will be used by the Monongahelia West Penn Public Service Corporation to manufacture electric current for Grantsville arrived here Wednesday by boat from Creston and are now being unloaded at the approach to the power plant in South Grantsville.  The machinery has been lying on the barges at Creston for several weeks awaiting a sufficient raise in the river to permit its transportation to Grantsville.  The steady and heavy rains of last week swelled the river to such an extent that the task of transporting the heavy load to this place was rendered comparatively easy.

Holes for the system of poles that will carry the power lines have been dug on all of the streets with the exception of Main Street and the job of stringing wire will be commenced within the next few days.

It is thought that the plant will be in operation by December 1st at the latest.


Everything Set for West Penn Start

All is in readiness for the turning on of the West Penn's electric current in Grantsville next Monday.  Engines in the plant in South Grantsville have been tested out and are running smoothly.  The current was thrown into the main lines for a few minutes Wednesday to test connections and for a while a few of the street lights burned brilliantly

The formal inauguration of electric service will be marked by a banquet to be held in the dining rooms of the Masonic Temple Monday night, December 12, when the lights will be turned on for the first time.

A party of Monongahela West Penn officials, which will include President G.M. Alexander, is expected to arrive here Monday afternoon by automobile for an inspection of the company's new plant here.

A special program has been arranged for the dinner which will be incidental to turning on of the lights.  The dinner will be served by the ladies of the Eastern Star and there will be music by the West Penn Orchestra from Parkersburg.