Schwenk, Herman - 2004 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Herman Schwenk has proved himself a tireless leader of countless agricultural organizations for nearly half a century. That he has done so while growing the family farm from a half section of rented land to a land base of over 10 sections, as well as developing a 300 head cow/calf operation and a 1000-head feedlot, is a tremendous accomplishment in itself. But perhaps his greatest achievements come from the field of electrical distribution. The power companies refused to serve many parts of rural Alberta as they viewed the costs as being too great for the economic return. However, Herman worked tirelessly with the provincial government, rural electrification associations and power companies to start and keep the power flowing. Under his leadership, the Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations grew to an active organization. Driving down a rural road and seeing the power lines spreading across the land, one cannot help but be reminded of Herman’s invaluable contributions, and how he helped make rural Alberta a better place to live and do business. He truly helped shine the light for and on rural Alberta.

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This information published to the web on November 9, 2004.
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