No electrical wires running to farms was pretty typical at least into the 1950s. One set of grandparents had renewable energy into the early 1960s - they had batteries they charged at the windmill. No other electricity source. They also didn't have running hot water into early 1980s, when they sold the farm. Water was heated on the stove - didn't see the need for the expense of adding plumbing and hot water heater.sschullo wrote: ↑Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:39 amMy grandparents never had electricity. In 1938, 9 years before I was born, my parents installed electricity for the house, pump shed and the barn on our small family dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. In the 1940s, my dad bought his first electric starter tractor, Allis Chalmers C,(https://www.machinerypete.com/details/u ... c/19401018) and vacuum milking machines. He had up to 25 cows. We did not have an indoor bathroom and TV until 1955 when I was 8 years old.
80 years later my parent's grandson and his wife now have the farm which I was raised. They raised five children and milked 900 cows with 15 employees for years, and have no plans on retiring. Each cow has a computer chip which the computer reads their physical condition as they parade through the milking stations.
I learned all of my frugal thinking and practice from this environment.
Other set of grandparents moved to a farm without indoor plumbing mid 1950s, but the first thing they did the following year (had to wait a bit because they used all their money buying the farm) was dig a trench, with pickaxe, to the windmill, to get water to the house, so they could have an indoor toilet. They did have electricity, and eventually, a party-line telephone (into the late 1970s).