Doris Lynch was born in 1924 in the Lotla Community of Macon County. Her earliest memory of rural electrification was having lights in her home around 1928 or 1929. Her family was one of only three families in the community to have electricity. "Families who lived between these three families were bypassed because they did not have the money for their own poles and the extension of the lines and the money was just not there for most families." The power source for her community was generated from Lake Emory in Franklin.

During the Great Depression the power to her house was disconnected because her father could not pay for it. "After living with electricity for a number of years and then having it disconnected during the Hoover Years took some getting used to, but we just went back to the same way of life as we had lived prior to electricity."

When President Roosevelt established the WPA her father obtained employment and had the power turned back on with his first pay check. Once again the family had lights, used the electric iron and listened to the Grande Ole Opry on the radio. "Community members would sit on their porch and raise their windows and listen to our radio." Before electricity Doris and her siblings gathered around the kitchen table with an oil lamp to do their homework. However, she states "with electricity we could use any room in the house." Her father helped solicit to get power because "it was such an improvement."

Her grandparents provided room and board for NP&L engineers and linemen to supplement their income. "However my grandmother died before they ever received electricity because my grandfather was scared of it." She reveals that when NP&L was established and built the dam in Nantahala more people were able to get electricity because the company furnished the lines and poles. "Electricity did bring about a lot of changes in the community, but for the betterment of everybody."

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