Carroll Rural Electric Association records
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Carroll Rural Electric Association records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Carroll Rural Electric Association (Ga.).
Title: Carroll Rural Electric Association records
Dates: 1935-1959
Quantity: 2.5 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract:This collection consists primarily of correspondence, right of way easements, and other paperwork related to the operations, management, and legal activities of the Carroll Rural Electric Association, a cooperative currently known as Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative. These activities were conducted through the office of local attorney Robert D. Tisinger as general counsel.
Identification: LH-0001

Biographical/Historical Note

The Carroll Rural Electric Association began as a cooperative entity in 1936. It was the 34th project funded by the federal Rural Electrification Administration through a loan of $118,000 from the federal government. Its main goal was to provide electrification to homes in rural areas. The charter of the association was amended the following year, and its name was changed to Carroll Electric Membership Corporation (Carroll EMC).

The Corporation encountered challenges prompted by World War II and disastrous weather conditions in 1960. In spite of this, the demand for electricity was increasing by the mid-1950s. In 1982, Carroll EMC, with over 2,700 miles of line, was serving 21,000 homes, businesses, and other local structures. Among the first lines run were one south to Tyus and Roosterville in Heard County, one to Hickory Level, and one north on Bremen Road to Bowdon Junction. The Roopville area was already being served by the Georgia Power Company.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of six document boxes of correspondence between Robert D. Tisinger and his representatives with the following groups or individuals: Rural Electrification Administration officials in Washington, D.C.; local, state, and federal government officials; suppliers and contractors, and clients served by Carroll REA (currently Carroll EMC). The collection also contains the following documents: Right of way easements, contracts and agreements (e.g., project funding renewals, suppliers' payment schedules, etc.), papers relating to lawsuits, board meeting announcements and minutes; and other documentation related to the association's activities (e.g., newsletters, annual meeting brochures, etc.).


Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Index Terms

Carroll County (Ga.)--History, Local.
Carroll EMC--Archives.
Carroll Electric Membership Corporation (Ga.).
Carroll Rural Electric Association (Ga.)--Archives.
Carroll Rural Electric Association (Ga.).
Cooperative societies--Georgia.
Electric power--Georgia.
Electric utilities--Georgia.
Rural electrification--Georgia.
Tisinger, Robert D.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Carroll Rural Electric Association Records, Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Robert D. Tisinger, general counsel of the Carroll Rural Electric Association (currently known as Carroll EMC), donated the papers and documents related to the history of the organization in March 1982.

Robert David Tisinger was born October 20, 1909, in the Victory community of Carroll County, Georgia, to George W. and Ida B. McDaniel Tisinger. He married Naomi Eugenia Evans in Carroll County on September 29, 1934, and the couple had two sons, David H. and Richard G. Tisinger.

Tisinger served as general counsel to the Carroll Rural Electric Association from its inception in 1936. He was involved in many aspects of Carroll County’s growth and development, was active in its judicial system, and was recognized for his participation in numerous local civic organizations as an elected official and/or as an award recipient. Tisinger died of heart failure on December 22, 1991, and was buried at Victory United Methodist Church in Carroll County.

Processing Information note

Processed by Danilo M. Baylen in 2009.



Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use note

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws.

Related Material

Carroll Electric Membership Corporation Newsletters, LH-0037.

Container List




11Annual Meeting, 1947
2Annual Meeting, 1948
3“C” Rural Electrification Administration from 08 Jun 1938 (folder 1 of 2), undated
4“C” Rural Electrification Administration from 08 Jun 1938 (folder 2 of 2), undated
5Carroll REA Correspondence, 1935-1937
6Correspondence REA, 1936



21Correspondence REA, 1936-1937
2Correspondence REA, 1936-1938
3Easements, undated
4Easements Doubtful, 1936, 1937
5Easements – Railroad Crossing Agreements, undated
6Engineering Contract D.1, undated
7Engineering Contract “E”, 1940-1941



31Extension Correspondence REA, 1938
2Georgia 34D Carroll EMC – Right of Way, 1940-1941
3Georgia 1034FD Carroll EMC, 1940-1941
4Georgia 34F1 Carroll EMC, 1944-1948



41Georgia 34L Carroll EMC Correspondence, 1946-1947
2Georgia 34N Carroll EMC Correspondence, 1946-1947
3Georgia 34P Carroll EMC Correspondence, 1949-1954
4Georgia 34P Carroll EMC Correspondence, 1954-1959
5Georgia 34S Carroll EMC Correspondence, 1948-1949
6Installation Loan Contract REA, undated



51Legal REA, 1936-1949
2Legal REA – 34B and E, 1936-1944
3Legal REA (2034E1), 1948
4Miscellaneous, 1951-1956
5Mortgage and Deed of Trust REA, 1936
6Project “P”, 1954
7Retirement Program, Carroll EMC, 1949-1951
8Right of Way “E”, 1942
9Right of Way (34F1), 1949
10Rural Electrification News, 1937



61Sullivan vs. Carroll EMC (Electric Shock Case), undated
2Tax Refund Carroll EMC, 1942-1943
3Telephone Cooperative Act 1949-1951 (folder 1 of 2), undated
4Telephone Cooperative Act 1949-1951 (folder 2 of 2)
5Tri-County Electric Membership, undated