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Max Skyline Changes
The Max Farmers Elevator is changing the skyline of Max once again. Three 130,000 bushel concrete silos have been added to the elevator complex. The above photo was taken Sept. 2nd, 2011, one day before the silos reached their full height of 105 feet. According to Elevator Manager Harold Rasmusson, pouring the cement for the silos took three and one half days, with workers laboring 24 hours a day. Finishing work on the silos and time for the cement to fully cure remain. Rasmusson says that the bins will be ready for use by the end of the year. For more photos, click here.
Max History Comments From Our Readers:
7/4/09 David Dahle [email@example.com]
I see you have it on the website where Central Light & Power came to town in 1918. I want to say it's not 100% accurate to say that :)
It was actually known as the Central Power Company at that time - it was reorganized in the summer of 1923 into Central Light & Power - a subsidiary of the Central States Power & Light Corporation (I believe they were headquartered in Oklahoma).
I am interested in finding out when the original Central Power Company was established... besides Max, it served Underwood, Coleharbor, Washburn, Turtle Lake, Mercer, and McClusky. These towns were served by a central plant in Washburn.
To sum up the rest of the history of Central Light & Power up to 1941:
After the reorganization into CL&P, they added Bowdon, Garrison, Granville, and Goodrich.
In 1926, they traded the systems in Washburn, Turtle Lake, Mercer, McClusky, Bowdon, and Goodrich to Otter Tail for systems at Harvey and Fessenden because Otter Tail had just built a line west from its existing system at Carrington to its new plant at Washburn (completed in 1926, retired in 1969). CL&P's original plant was removed shortly after completion of Otter Tail's plant in 1926.
CL&P then started building up an eastern system extending from Fessenden and Harvey to these towns - Drake, Cathay, Anamoose, Martin, Manfred, Hamberg, and Emrick. The main plant for CL&P's eastern system was in Harvey (and which is still standing, although derelict).
In 1927, the isolated system at Granville was sold to Otter Tail.
In 1929, CL&P traded the system at Falkirk and the original line between Underwood and Washburn for an interconnection to Otter Tail's system east of Underwood.
Central States Power & Light Corporation had to be disbanded under the terms of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 and so Otter Tail got the 13 towns served by Central Light & Power in the spring of 1941.