ln 1913, an engineer named Adam Beck, who had organized the Hydro Power Commission, turned his eyes north to Grey County's Eugenia Falls. Afraid that other interests would take advantage of the power of the Beaver River, he sent surveyors north to examine the land around the falls with the thought of producing electrical power there. Born in Baden, Ontario to German immigrants, Adam attended school at Rockwood Academy, worked in his father's foundry, and later established a cigarbox manufacturing company. ln 1885, he moved his company to London where it flourished, making Beck a wealthy man. Elected mayor of London, he also served simulataneously as a member of the provincial legislature. ln 1905, he was appointed minister without portfolio in the government of Premier Sir James Whitney. Beck was an early and prominent advocate of publicly owned electricity grids, opposing the privately owned companies that he felt did not adequately serve the needs of the public. With the slogan "Power at Cost," Beck convinced Premier Whitney to create a board of enquiry on the subject. ln 1906, Whitney appointed Beck the first chairman of the Hydro Electric Power Commission. Knighted by King George V in I 914 for his promotion of electricity and the development of transmission lines, Beck introduced cheap electricity to Ontario. Among his many projects was a power plant for Eugenia Falls. Beck went on to establish a power station at Niagara Falls that is known today as the Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Power Station. Sir Adam Beck died in 1925.