In response, Comstock established a separate division and plant in St. Catharines, Ont. with nearly 1,200 workers dedicated to the project. The company also acquired a fleet of more than 1,000 trucks, vans and other vehicles to transport its service people around the province.
When the project completed in 1959, Ontario Hydro and Comstock personnel had visited over one million individual locations and converted nearly seven million pieces of equipment.
The last home to be serviced was in Leaside – the residence of Arthur A. McMichael of 115 Hanna Rd. On the day of the switchover (July 9, 1959), dozens of onlookers and dignitaries – including the president of Canadian Comstock and the chairmen of Ontario Hydro and Toronto Hydro – arrived at the McMichael home. In anticipation, the front porch had two light bulbs mounted on a board. One was a lit 25-cycle power bulb; the other was an unlit 60-cycle power bulb. As technicians converted the last of the home’s appliances, the first bulb flickered out and the second one lit up – signifying the massive project’s completion.
Following the ceremony Mr. McMichael and his wife were given an electric clock to mark the occasion. Thus ended what many consider the greatest electrical initiative of its kind in the world. And Leaside played a major role in its execution. Source: Leaside Life
* Another interesting article: Ontario Scraps the Horse and Buggy Lights
Personal Note: One of my vivid memories of early childhood was when the hydroelectric company came to our house to change out our 25Hz motors to 60Hz motors. The hydro man was surprised that we had no motors to convert since we still had an icebox and a hand- ringer washing machine.
However my Mother said “Oh wait a minute we have an old record player in the attic. Would you replace it?” My Mother felt very guilty about this because the record player never worked. The installer went out to his truck and brought in a brand spanking new LP record player. When he went back to his truck, I overheard him saying to his partner “you should see the lady of the house, she is jumping around the kitchen like a mad woman. You’d think she had won a million bucks”. by Paul Wilker