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AUBURN - WOODBURN ELECTRIC COMPANY

 

According to Christine Rowe Hollins

Electricity had not been installed to the town. The poles that are visible in this picture are telegraph poles. According to Ms Christine Rowe Hollins in her article in the October 1991 issue of the News-Democrat & Leader; "It was December, 1919 when the first resolution was passed to install electricity and 'running water' to the town. In August, 1921 Auburn-Woodburn Electric Co. was granted permission to start erecting poles, pending sale of franchise. In October 1921, the franchise to furnish electricity was sold to Auburn-Woodburn Electric Co. There was to be a minimum of 36 street lights with 16 to be 100 watts and 36 to be 60 watts at a cost to the town of $1000 yearly. They were to be turned on as "early as necessary" and to be turned off a midnight except "when the moon is shining" to give sufficient light and then the lights were not turned on. Bills were paid to this company in October and November of 1922 and September of 1923. On August 7, 1923 the franchise was sold to Kentucky Utilities. In November, 1923 the bill was paid to both companies, thereafter to Kentucky Utilities." Christine goes on to say that "Guthrie Coke was owner or part owner of the Auburn-Woodburn Electric Co." She also says that "The first street light I saw was on N. College at Ice House Hill (where gas transformer is now). We were coming from Bucksville in a buggy in the early evening and there in the middle of the street, strung from poles to each side, was this "bright" light up in the air with no apparent support." She continues to say that "it scared the hack out of her."

 

 

AUBURN – WOODBURN ELECTRIC COMPANY    -    May 10, 1921

 These articles of Incorporation, made and entered into this the 10th day of May 1921 by and among the undersigned, who hereby associate themselves together to establish and who do hereby establish and organize a corporation for the purpose of carrying on an electrical business as follows, to wit: 

  1. The name of this corporation shall be “Auburn-Woodburn Electric Company.”
  2. Auburn, Logan Co., Kentucky shall be the City and county in which its principal office and place of business is located.
  3. The said corporation is organized for the purpose of building electric plants, and lines for sale in the state of Ky., and to furnish electric current for lights, heat and power to its customers, and to transact any business, incident to the operation or carrying on of such a business, to sue and be sued by its corporate name; to have a common seal; so buy or otherwise acquire any and all real estate or other property that may be incident or useful to the operation of its said business, and also to sell same and to do any and all other things incident to the operation of the corporation.
  4. The amount of its capital stock shall be Thirty ($30,000) Thousand Dollars, which shall be divided into 600 shares of the value of $50.00 Dollars each.
  5. The following are the names and place of residence of each or the stockholders and the number of shares of stock subscribed for by each;-

NAME

ADDRESS

SHARES

J. Guthrie Coke

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

20

R. L. Stevenson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

10

R. W. Wilson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

J. L. Monroe

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

J. C. Council

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

John Wilson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

1

J. J. Hogan

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

S. R. Stokes

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

6

V. G. Price

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

Blewett & Harris

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

4

H. P. McCormick

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

J. H. Bumpus

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

F. S. Wilson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

S. J. Milton

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

N. A. Milton

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

L. S. Howlett

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

6

P. J. Lively

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

A. S. Aull

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

3

Carson W. helm

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

J. L. Hutcheson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Whitsett Hall

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

10

Lee Elliott

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

T. M. Fields

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

L.D. McCarley

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

10

Mars. A. McCarley

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Wm. Hampton

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Adolphus Johnston

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Neal & Gordon

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

E. R. Gordon

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

P.T. Neal

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

W. R. Burr

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

A. A. Milton

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

4

S. O. Moody

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

10

J. W. Moody

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

Thos. S. Wilson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

3

Scott F. Procter

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

8

Robert H. Whited

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Mrs. T. J. Vick

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Mrs. G. W. Davidson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

6

S. C. Hutcheson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

1

W. I. Freeman

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

B. D. Williams

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

6

Mrs. W. Y. Moody

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

J. W. Webb

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

4

S. J. T. Lowe

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

Mrs. Sara E. Orr

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

1

Mrs. V. G. Price

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

1

Drucilla Taylor

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

1

Levi Wilkerson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

K. F. Shannon

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Grace Griffith

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Mrs. B. D. Williams

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

E. V. Graves

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Mrs. E. W. Graves

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

G. W. Caldwell

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Vick and Hamblin

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

7

W. H. Pugh

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

C. H. Taylor

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

R. L. Adams

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Mrs. M. A. Skinner

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

8

Mrs. J. W. Smith

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

1

Mrs. Della Porter

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

3

Chesterfield Turner

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Cola C. Turner

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

1

W. H. McKenzie

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

3

W. Y. Moody

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

W. S. Allen

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

12

O. M. Crewdson

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

10

W. S. Hall Jr.

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

10

J. M. Hall

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

4

Caldwell Howlett

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

2

Dave Scott

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

5

P. B. Elliott

Auburn, Logan Co., Ky

10

Lawrence Hutcheson

Auburn, Logan Co. KY

2

Benn F. Gill

Woodburn. Ky

6

E. J. Keen

Woodburn. Ky

20

Woodburn Hardware Co.
(by J. B. Downey)

Woodburn. Ky

10

H. M. Blackburn

Woodburn. Ky

10

J. R. Chaney & Son

Woodburn. Ky

10

J. M. Miller

Woodburn. Ky

2

W. E. Hall

Woodburn. Ky

4

V. S. Andrews

Woodburn. Ky

5

A. G. Hobbs

Woodburn. Ky

5

 

  1. The said corporation shall commence business when one-half the capital stock is subscribed for and all other requirements of the law incident to its corporation have been complied with, and shall continue for a period of twenty five years.
  2. The affairs and business of this company or Corporation shall be constructed by a board consisting of (5) five Directors who shall be elected by the stockholders of the corporation as soon as the corporation commences business and annually thereafter at its principal office at 2 O’Clock P. M. on the 3rd. Tuesday of June of each year, and such officers shall hold office for the period of one year from their election and qualification or until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. The Board of Directors shall have power to fill vacancies in the Board and such person or persons so chosen shall hold office until the next regular annual election or until their successors are elected and qualified. The Board of Directors shall from their number elect a President and Vice President. They shall also elect a Secretary and Treasurer who may of may not be a stockholder or director in said corporation, any two or more of which except the President and Vice-President may be held by the sane person. Not one shall be eligible to be a Director unless they hold not less than 4 shares of stock in the corporation.
  3. The President, vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, shall elect or employ a Manager prescribe his duties and fix salary of same, and shall have the power to discharge him if they see fit, and do all other business that is necessary to the proper management of the corporations.
  4. Said corporation shall be authorized to incur an indebtedness of ten thousand dollars, but not more.
  5. The Private property of the stock holders shall not be subject to payment of the debts of said corporation to any extent whatever.

 

In testimony of all of which witness the signatures of said incorporators the day and date first above written.

                                                      O. M. Crewdson.   R. L. Stevenson R. W. Wilson

                                                      S. R. Stokes  J. Guthrie Coke

State of Kentucky

County of Logan. Sct.

I, Geo. C. Russell, Clerk of Logan County Court, do certify that the foregoing instrument of writing was this day produced to me in my county and acknowledged by O. M. Crewdson, R. L. Stevenson, R. W. Wilson, S.R. Stokes, and J. Guthrie Coke to be their act and deed.

      Given under my hand this 18th day of May 1921

                                                                                          Geo. C. Russell, Clerk

                                                                                          H. P. McCormick, D C.

      State of Kentucky

      County of Logan. Sct

  I, Geo. C. Russell, Clerk of Logan County Court, do certify that the foregoing Articles of Incorporation of the Auburn-Woodburn Electric Company was this day lodged in my office for record, and that I have recorded it, this and the certificate thereon in my said office.

      Witness my hand this the 19th day of May, 1921

                                                                               Signed: Geo. C. Russell Clerk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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