They were the first people in the village who got installed electricity and Jon Moen (95) remembers the moment when the outdoor storehouse lamp was lit. It was back in 1923, and the light bulb still glows.
– It was a great experience when the light was turned on, we had never seen something like this. Even though I was only four years old, I remember it very well, it happened on 15 October 1923. And it has been glowing ever since, it is unbelievable, says Jon Moen to Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK.
The farm Kolomoen is located in the Gudbrandsdal Valley in Eastern Norway, and was one of the first in to get electricity. The first light bulb that was turned on was placed above the storehouse door.
Important Not to Use too Much
The farm was connected to electricity in fall 1923. The potato harvesting season was at its peak and four-year-old Jon was also picking potatoes.
– My father has talked much about that day. It must have made a big impression, says Jon’s son Steinar Moen.
He tells that they had to be very careful that they did not use too much electric power.
– If too much electric power was used, a switch was activated and the farm lost the power. Then it could take some time before it came back.
Text modified by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews
Source: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation