Constructed First Model Plant
While some of those in attendance were aware of his expensive isolated plants in Fall River's textile mills and in Massachusetts huge Keith and Douglas shoe factories, few realised that he had decided to constructed his first model plant to "demonstrate the commercial feasibility of centrally produced light and power right there within their midst. Garrison and Fall River's Spencer Borden, Edison's general manager in New England, addressed the 75 people in attendance. Things did not go altogether smoothly as it soon became clear that a number of them were apprehensive about Brockton being converted into some kind of Edison experimental laboratory expediency!
Even though a small amount of citizens were concerned about the aesthetic impact associated with overhead wiring, most were worried about issues relating to safety. Few sceptics could understand how it was possible to safely hang incandescent bulbs upside down and opposite from the way familiar gas lights and oil lamps are oriented. Ostentatiously, others were troubled by the apparent threat from explosives to their homes!
Highly Skilled Controlled Speaker!
What will happen if the wires or the bulbs were to blow up? What effect would it have on our surrounding neighbourhoods? Could sparks leap from street wires to houses and start fires? Would existing insurance policies cover such losses? They inquired! The audience looked to William Joseph Jenks for answers. A direct descendant of Massachusetts first patent holder Joseph Jenks, he and his wife was Massachusetts first telephone operator that had played key roles in successfully establishing the first telephone exchange in that township. William Jenks was also a highly skilled self-controlled speaker, with a reputation for explaining things in a thoughtful and precise manner! Before taking questions, Jenks cited the latest statistics on fires and asphyxiation associated with gas lighting! He then detailed how Thomas Edison' latest three-wire feeder technology fully solved the problem of controlling the inconsistent voltage!
Subdivision of Electricity!
And the current that's always customarily emanated from those inadequate steam boilers! The Thomas Edison's three-wire feeder enabled stabilized bite sized units of electricity that's safely and economically tapped into by the individual consumers up to about a mile and a half! One of the major issues, was that most of the attendants that was present did not realized it was the incandescent lighting and not the arc
lighting that Thomas Edison was proposing to them! This was because even most of the so called experts of the time believed that the subdivision of electricity was impossible. Of course, they were basing this incorrect conclusion upon their knowledge and understanding that the white hot light associated with burning arc lights was indeed indivisible and that any such individual or group of arc lights could not be adjusted without affecting the brightness of all of the lights in a circuit. What they did not understand was that Thomas Edison's new high resistance and low surface area filaments were vastly different from arcs. Jenks warily explained how the light emanated from the Thomas Edison's light bulbs!