New Diesel Generators Ordered

“Generator for Island on Order in East. May Take a Month for It to Get Here. Juice Must Be Saved.” Orcas Islander, June 5, 1947.

The article stated that the Board was bringing in a portable generator to handle the summer peak load, as generating capacity was taxed almost to the limit. “Do your ironing after breakfast or in the afternoon, but never during mealtimes,” the article warned. “The main switch at the generating plant will be pulled whenever the load reaches a dangerous point. We plan to leave the service off for two or three minutes when an attempt will be made to restore services. If the load is still too high, the switch will again be pulled and the process repeated. Operator Eber Bruns says that after the third time he will go to bed.”