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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Powers, A. C.
Country roads,   pp. 115-121 PDF (2.0 MB)


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and the nest inc nchner, and  the n top - way we get the village people to
PAY
dressed with the ne ftiS ,    about seven a. portion, that  if  we do  not,
in      ches deep altogether       the farmers will have to work it all
i r. Powers-I wish to   say that ast out. Now, we are entering upon a
spring I went over our road records, system, that is  at I insist up    on-
a nd 1 found tha at we had paid out over  tbat 'we have some system-and In
my
$100,000. I suppose a good deal of that opinion the system should be just
this:
was worked out under the fence, but That all of us should start at our mar-
we claimed to have worked out that ket tows and commence building line
amount. Now, for that money     we of roads under some system, running
could have In the township, a good out into the country from each market
stone road, sixteen feet Wide, over point, and the result will be that they
every sngle road we have, and we will come together and in that Way we
have   n't anything at the end of that will have good roads all over the
state,
time, except a few bridges, and  they and  I think if w e work in  that way,
are pretty poor.                    with system in each town, something
Question-How large stone win go can be done, otherwise it will not.
Questhrough your crusA Member-When                  the gentleman
through your crusher?A
Mr. Powers-I think the capacity of speaks of building a road, I suppose he
our machine is  said to be about ten by means a stone road.
eighteen inches, or ten by twenty, but  Mr. Arnold-Nothing short of it.
it is better not to  have your stone  The Member-I would like     to ask
too large, because it takes longer; it Mr. Powers how these gravel roads
is better to have them a little smaller, work in ease of mucky bottom, such
as
Question-It there should be a quick  we find in the marshes.
sand bottom, what would be necessary  M   ir. Everett-KeSp piling on  the
to do to make it a good road        graveL.
Mr. Powers-I don't know; that is a      At. powers-You certainly have to
hard thing to handle. I know where get a foundation in some way, and it
we crossed a lIttle bit of a stream, it might be neessarY  to drain  such
a
bothered us a good deal, and we just road as that. If you could not do that,
dumped our stone right into it; it is It would be desirable to  raise your
standing right up  so far; it don't embankment up so that it will drain
seem to settle any more. The crushed itself. We have dumped in ' lot of
rock seems to be better than big stone  this crushed stone and are having
good
for that; it has held up so far without success so far.
trouble.                              Mr. Scctt-We hrave found under-
Mr. Arnold-There is a sentiment draining to be far more successful than
throughout Wisconsin that People ir   ghemc      enter; ru a    unero
the cities want roads built for theirt    wuld y  ou ha   ee  are center
accommodahtion, end  the farmers are  drn th  oauld ro ha in the enter?
going to pay for them. Trat has been ol th  wero -Io on thieo se?  have
the sentiment expressed throughout it is     bad, to   drainingtinoth
thestae.  he deatha wewan tothe center; run  a tile row  straight
encourage is this, that we farmers are  trough the center of Your road.
going to have good roads and are go-  sutmierwTreae&gd
ing to build them, and going to do It  Supt mles frroadTIn  are oa  goodt
without lev-Ying any more taxes than mn    ie  fra    nKnsacut
we hve areay. I thetow  in  hic  that are tiled right in the center.
I live we pay $3,000 road tax; one-half  A Member-In  Illinois theyhv
of that is paid In money and  it to adopted the system of draining in the
spent under the supervision of the su- cfnter of the road; they couldn't
do
pervisors, the idea being that in tis t on the side.
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