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Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
(1913-1919)

Hotchkiss, W. O.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 9: how to get good roads at low cost PDF (1.0 MB)



          HOW TO GET GOOD ROADS
                     AT LOW COST
    The first bill for feight on farm crops is presented by the wagon
road-it must be paid in advance. The next is presented by the rail-
road-this can be paid after the freight is delivered.
    In the early days when the railroads were poorly constructed, it
frequently cost 10 cents to carry a ton one mile. Now it costs but
three-fourths of a -cent. Average wagon roads today charge 25 cents
to carry a ton a mile. Good roads do it for half of this amount, or
even less.
    An important question for us all to ask is, "Who pays the freight?"
Does Jonest He does if Jones happens to be the man who lives on the
                        poor road. Does Johnson, who lives on a
Who Pays the Freight?  good road in an up-to-date community and
                        hauls loads twice the size of Jones' get any
less for his crops? Or does Johnson lose any money when, because
he has good roads to haul over, he markets his crops at times of bad
roads and high prices, while Jones can hardly get to town over his bad
road to bring home a few bags of flour-to say nothing of getting a
load to market?
    Jones, however, is not the only one interested in better roads. If
Jones makes more money he can afford to build that new barn he has
                      needed for years, and the lumber dealer and
Good Roads are Good. the hardware man and the carpenters and
                      the stone masons will be benefited. If Jones
gets more money for his crops-not necessarily by charging higher
prices, but by simply refusing to pay so much freight, he can open a
bank account and the banker will prosper. He can send his son to the
Short Course in Agriculture to learn how to get larger and better crops
from the same acreage. Incidentally that son will get a broader view
of things and be a better citizen and neighbor-in short a greater asset
to the community. He will be better able to buy his daughter a piano
and put conveniences and comforts in his home so that he and his
family will enjoy life all the more, all of which will make the mer-
chants from whom he buys more prosperous and mor- willing to con-
tribute to improving the roads. To sum it all up, a community with
good roads is in all ways a better place to live than one with poor roads.
    There is no "presto change" or other charm that I know of that
is
effective in making a bad road into a good one. It takes strong backs,
                  "greenbacks" and gray matter. One of the neces-
How to Get Them. sary things to start and carry through a road im-
                  provement program is that too rare quality-public
spirit. The thing can be properly accomplished only when eveo'body


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