- Boone REMC was the first electric cooperative established in Indiana.
- We were incorporated in 1936 as the Boone County Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC).
- Boone REMC was initially organized in 1935 as the first project under the direction of the Indiana Statewide REMC to serve as a model for cooperatives throughout the state.
- Boone REMC received one of the first loans provided by President Franklin Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Administration (REA).
- Our first pole was set on January 9, 1936 at the corner of Lebanon and Noble streets in Lebanon.
- Our first 60-mile section of line, branching west and northwest out of Lebanon, was energized on May 22, 1936.
- Boone REMC was the second REA-funded electric cooperative in the United States to energize power lines and serve customers.
- In 1994, the name Boone County REMC was changed to Boone REMC to better reflect the boundaries of our service area.
First Board of Directors
1936 Lebanon Reporter– Rural Electrification Edition
Historical Documents & Articles
“Boone County will turn on the lights”– Indiana Farmer’s Guide (p. 5), February 1, 1936.
Emily Schilling’s Power to the People, A History of Rural Electrification in Indiana (p. 14-21).
Boone REMC Newsletter– First Edition
Clark Woody Family article– Co-Op Power, 1946 Edition
Customers On the First Section of the Line