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According to a booklet written by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, this photograph shows Marguerite Fries formally starting the generator at the Fries Power Station on April 18, 1898. The hydroelectric generation station was begun by Henry Elias Fries and put into operation by the Fries Manufacturing and Power Company. The station, located on the Yadkin River in Forsyth County, supplied the towns of Salem and Winston with power for their mills, factories, street lighting, and electric railway.

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