Cardin Electric- Cardin, Ok. Cardin Electric was owned and operated by the Horn brothers, John, Frank and Jim. They grew up in Lamar, Missouri. About 1910, John took an electrical course by correspondence and taught Frank and Jim, the trade. With this knowledge, they got jobs operating the power plant, supplying the power to the city of Lamar, each working shifts. During World War I, John joined the navy and received much additional electrical training. After World War I ended, John got a job in Neodesha, Kansas with a Brick Mfg. Co. as an electrical Maintenance Man. When the Lead and Zinc mining field opened up in Cardin, Picher area, they decided to open the electrical contract business to service mining operators. They installed power lines necessary to operate electric motors, lights and other electrical equipment. In time, normal wear, lightning strikes, etc. required repair or replacement of all this electrical equipment. The shop then set-up repairing damaged or worn out equipment. They were able to wind and install new coils for both motors and transformers, putting them in like new condition. The shop also stocked a variety of motors and transformers for quick replacement. The electrical power supplied to Cardin Picher Mining Field was 25 cycle rather than the usual 60 cycle power. This made acquiring new or used assets difficult. However they found a source in New York that was converting from 25 cycle to 60 cycle and were able to obtain much good used equipment. With this purchase, they had the assets necessary to meet most all of the needs of the mining companies. Cardin Electric operated for some 20 years- selling the business to Bill Lewis in 1946. Frank Horn Sr., Jim Horn and John are all deceased.
Frank E. Horn II