KELLEYS ISLAND, Ohio -- As part of a tour of the Lake Erie Island, Cleveland 19 News is profiling part of the island's quirky history.
Frederick Martin's home was the first on the island to have electric lights, in 1918.
He was a stationery engineer for the KIL&T Co.
In 1928, The Buckeye Public Service Co. took over the Southside Crusher operation and became the first company to provide commercial power outside of the quarry.
By 1946, there were 83 customers.
In the early 1950s two underwater cables were installed from Marblehead.
Over the years the distribution system was upgraded.
The cable weighed 70 tons and was encased in a layer of heavy, durable armor and sat two feet below the lake's bottom.
If you stop at the Kelleys Island History Museum, you'll notice the sample of the most recent cable to be laid is missing from the display.
According to museum staff, representatives from Hancock Wood Electric Co-Op actually removed the sample to help them match the old cable with new cable as part of a planned upgrade.
While at the museum, check out their new seasonal exhibit, Bathing Beauties of the 1950s.