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)
t I ~ Dt In1 EjSSON 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. I
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