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November 21, 1963

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November 21, 1963 SHELTON--MASON COUNTY JOURNAL- Published in "Christmastown, U.S.A.", Shelton, Washington PAGE 9 MASON COUNTY p. g. D. invites You To Inspect It's NEW OFFICE BUILDING RESIDENCE ; : -:i AT POTLATCH SUNDAY And enjoy/ight refreshments with us/ P.U.D. 1 OFFICERS NOVEMBER 24 I to 5 p.m. DICK BEUCHEL HAROLD HUNTER STEVE HALE President Secretary Vice President In 1935, five years after the enactment of legislation authorizing the establishment of public utility districts, the public Utility District No. 1 of Mason County began electrical operations. It began with the acquisition of properties owned by the Hood Canal Mutual Company. That acquisition, incidentally, marked the establishment of the first public utility district in the State of Washington. To serve customers then totaling approximately 300, an office building was constructed in 1937. Ade- quate in size at the time, the structure contained 350 square feet of office space. Including quarters for the manager, the building was erected at a cost of $3700. In the years following formation of the District the population of the area served has grown substan- tially. To provide adequate electrical service to the new customers and to provide power to new areas not previously served the electrical distribution system has grown accordingly. That system now serves over 1500 customers and serves the south and west shores of Hood Canal in Mason and Jefferson Counties and includes the Skokomish Valley and the communities of Union, Potlatch, Hoodsport, Lilliwaup, Eldon and Brinnon. Along with the growth of the system, the need for new facilities which are so necessary to the econom- ical and proper conduct of' the business has also grown. In recognition of this need and after careful plan- ning, the construction of a new office building and a residence for the manager was started in March, 1963. On August 8, 1963, the operation was moved into the new facilities. In planning the new facilities, careful consideration was given to the convenience of the customers. A drive-up window is featured which permits customers to pay their light bill without leaving their car dur- ing inclement weather. Adequate parking space near the entry is provided for customers wishing to discuss business with office personnel. And a display area designed to show modern electrical appliances is provided. In addition to customer convenience, planning provided facilities for efficient conduct of business, ade- quate office space to accomodate additional personnel as required, adequate employee parking and modern, efficient lighting throughout the offices. A modern heat pump was installed to heat the offices in the winter and cool them in the summer. Adjacent to the office building and in a position overlooking the District's property a residence for the manager was erected. Through past experience it was found imperative that the manager live on the prem- ises to protect the property of the District, receive routine emergency calls night and day, dispatch crew night and day when necessary, make emergency calls himself when necessary and conduct the business on a 24 hour bsis. To illustrate the uses of electrical energy the residence is totally all electric. Features include electrical baseboard heaters throughout controlled with individual room thermostat wall=mounted, a kitchen com- plete with modern worksaving electrical appliances, a circulating hot water pump and a bright and airy utility room. To provide everyone, customers of the District, active participants in the project and all interested people, with an opportunity to examine the new facilities an open house is planned for Sunday, November 24, 1963 between the hours of 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. During that time both the new office and the man- ager's residence will be open for inspection. The Board of Commissioners of Mason County P UD No. 1, the manager and the staff welcomes and cordially invites everyone to attend the celebration ......  , :. . . ,, CONGRATULATIONS :and BEST WISHES IIA'SON COUNTY PUD No. 1 on the Grand Opening f your new Administration Building. This beautiful, n)Odern structure is surely a testimonial to foresight ad progressive planning. LINE MATERIAL INDUSTRIES MASON COUNTY PUD No. 1 and is proud ta have play- Part in the completion of this splendid project .i :i  i b ABOVE ALL... Topping all the rest of high quality workmanship, materials and equipment which has gone into Public Utility District No. l's new office headquarters and manager's residence, of course, is that very important phase of construction THE :ROOF,,. We take this Opportunity to express a very sincere appreciation to the officers of P.U.D. No. 1 for giving the opporttmity to handle this key detail of the over-all project to OLSON ROOFING & INSTALLATION COMPANY 220 South 8th Street, Shelton  Phone 426-6417 VERN OLSON CONCRETE BLOCKS SCORE AGAIN As in so many other recent new buildings in our community, you'll note - when you attend the Open House Sunday - that P.U.D. No. I HAS CHOSEN WISELY ITS BUILDING MATERIAL and constructed its new office building with sturdy fireproot concrete blocks and the manager's residence with attractive, fireproof building stone. A SINCERE THANKS & BEST WISIIES from 7th and Park Street, Shelton  Phone 426-3344 IT WAS OUR PLEASURE... to have installed tim new LENNOX tIEAT PUMP & AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM NO. l's NEW HEADQUARTERS e have once gain enjoyed participating in the growth llct modernization of Mason County, and wish PUD 1 %erlasting pleasure in its new facilities. Shel|on: Furnace Go. 3rd Street Phone 426-4792 A GOOD REPUTATION ENABLES US TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE NEWEST SYMBOLS OF MASON COUNTY'S GROWTH. We are grateful to P.U.D. No. 1 of Mason County for this opportunity to share in the progress of our community and are hapPy to take this moment to extend OUR CONGRATULATIONS on the achievement of this milestone in the progress of the district. Whealley & Keary Plumbing .- Heating Contractors 317 S. 1st, Shelton Phone 426-4553 OUR LINE IS EXCAVATION -- , i I ii WE DID THE "GROUND WORK" FOR THESE FINE, NEW FACILITIES ! OUR CONGRATuLATiONS TO P.U,D, No. I of Mason County on the opening of its new headquarters.and residence. We sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity of participating in the creation of this fine addition to Mason County. ART INDAHL PH. 877-5454 HOODSPORT BENNETT PAINTING Company OF SHELTON SALUTES MASON COUNTY PUD NO. I ON ITS NEW, UP-TO-DATE FACILII:IES We appreciate deeply the privilege of having had a part in the decoration of Mason County's newest PUD facilities. CONGRATULATIONS From Gordon Bennett, 1815 Adams St,. Phone 426-3248