Stuart, Iowa


| November/December 1971

  • Switchboard
    Stuart. Iowa's first switchboard after change to alternating current.
  • Switchboard
    The present switchboard at the Light Plant.
  • Baldwin compound steam locomotive
    One of first Baldwin compound steam locomotives, similar to engines used on Rock Island Railroad at that time. Notice the link and pin coupler.
  • Silsby Steam Fire Engine
    Silsby Steam Fire Engine, owned by Chariton, Iowa Fire Department and shown in Stuart Centennial Parade.
  • Town Clock Tower
    The interior of the Town Clock Tower. Drive from below to four sets of hands.
  • Town Clock works
    The Town Clock works made by Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Connecticut in 1894. Bell was cast by the Shane Bell Foundry, Henry McShane & Co. Baltimore, Maryland in 1894.
  • Masonic Temple
    Clock in the Masonic Temple, Stuart, Iowa - built in 1894.

  • Switchboard
  • Switchboard
  • Baldwin compound steam locomotive
  • Silsby Steam Fire Engine
  • Town Clock Tower
  • Town Clock works
  • Masonic Temple

Electrical energy was being put to new uses. In 1912 the plant started operating for 24 hours a day, for two days a week and later continuously. The first 'engineers' or operators received $35 to $50 per month. Later, after the plant started continuous operation the two firemen working 12 hours a day, seven days a week received $75 to $100 per month. The first light rates charged by the Stuart plant were not found. But the schedule set up on August 25, 1890 by the nearby Town of Greenfield, Iowa for their plant which was built about the same time was as follows:

Commercial:

50(cent for each 16 candlepower lamp per month

$1.00 for each 32 candlepower lamp per month



Residential:

One 16 candlepower lamp per month, 50cent