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Today in Texas History – March 9

thamanjimmy: History of the Rural Electrification ...

From the Annals of the Power Grid – In 1936, the first power line built under the program of the Rural Electrification Administration was powered up.  The 58 mile line near Bartlett brought electricity within reach of nearby farms and ranches.  The REA was created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 with the goal of bringing electrification to rural areas.  When created only about 2 percent of the farms and ranches in Texas (and about 10 percent nationally) had access to electricity. The REA was primarily a lending agency under its enabling statute that was cosponsored by Texas Rep. Sam Rayburn. The Bartlett line was made possible by a $33,000 loan to a group of farmers.  It is almost impossible to overstate the impact of the REA in raising the standard of living for vast numbers of rural residents who had never had access to electricity.  By 1965, only 2 percent of Texas farms and ranches were still without electricity.

National Beer Day

Most of Red’s friends don’t really need a special day to enjoy hoisting a cold one, but today is National Beer Day, so Red don’t mind if he do.

National Beer Day is a celebrates the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act  went into effect. Upon signing the legislation President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made his famous remark, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” Following the repeal of Prohibition, the CHA allowed people to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight  in states that had enacted their own enabling legislation.  A huge celebration ensued with people lining up to have the first legal alcoholic beverages in more than a decade. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday.

Truthfully, Red is not much of a beer man, but his favorites include Negro Modelo, Shiner Light Blonde, Genesee Cream Ale (hard to find in Texas), Bohemia and Miller Genuine Draft.  No fancy craft beers for Red.