Happy to Serve for the Last 87 Years

Posted on Oct 22 2023 in Henry County REMC
Melissa True

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”
Coretta Scott King

Henry County REMC is fortunate to serve a compassionate group of members. We strive to give back and serve a community that we are so proud of. There is something to be said about the continued growth that has been seen over the last 87 years.

Local farmers and rural members, just like you, decided to band together in the 1930s for a greater cause. Power companies ignored the rural areas for many years, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act (REA) in 1936, offering federal assistance to electrify those areas. It became essential for rural communities to form not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives.

In 1936, 13 local farmers were elected by the rural community to serve on a board of directors, and Henry County REMC was born. Board directors were expected to speak and act on behalf of the membership. HCREMC board members signed a $413,000 construction loan contract with the REA on Aug. 26, 1936. Equipment and poles made their way to the smaller local communities and a headquarters was opened on Broad Street in New Castle.

Today, HCREMC continues to grow with a community principle in mind. You will often see us in the midst of community efforts, whether that be volunteering or sponsoring events inside and outside of our service territories. We are once again so proud to serve a unique and like-minded membership that does so much for the communities we serve.

Here’s to 87 years!