It is quite easy to forget how valuable electricity is to us.
Shortly after my father built our cabin on Rainy Lake, we gave up Coleman lanterns and replaced our lights with electricity. We had a small diesel generator that provided enough power to light the cabin and run a few hand tools while the refrigerator and stove continued to use propane.
In the late 1970s, a power line was run from the mainland connecting about 13 island properties on the lake. Two island residents went from island to island talking to cabin owners encouraging them to participate.