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)
have heavier horse power. You can the people who do not care to work out use six horse power for ordinary lime- the tax to pay for our machinery, our stone. cash purchases. Of course we have to Mr. Reed-In the city of Grand buy machinery and keep it in repair. Rapids they have been buying rock all We purchased all our machinery, winter from the farmers to the west crusher and all, with the tax. of us, bringing in these hard heads, Mr Bradley-Wouldn't you recom- nnd granite boulders and they have mend in putting in a stone road that been paying the magnificent price of it be feather-edged? $2 a cord, delivered. The farmers Mr. Powers-My experience is to have brought it from ten to twelve keep the embankment down as near miles. They haven't got rich out of the surface as you can. If you raise it, but the village thinks it will get that in the center, with your crushed some good roads. rock, it is always raised enough. If I Mr. Scott-The village of Rio has a had an embankment too high I would contract with the farmers and they prefer to cut it out. We feather-edge are bringing in stone, grading it about altogether; we have never cut away, eight by eleven, at $1.96 a cord. excepting through the hills. Mr. Everett-Mr. Powers, what is Mr. Bradley-There are many places U the amount of the road tax in the town in the state where it will have to be of Beloit? cut out. Mr. A. P. Weld, of River 1 Mr. Powers-We have raised three Falls, says it doesn't do in clay land, mills on the dollar until we don't know or in light soil, to put it down there, how to raise anything else. It but it might do in sandy places. amounts to about $1,900 with the poll Mr. Powers-I should think as a gen- taxes. eral proposition it would be a useless Mr. Everett-Is it not a fact that expense to cut away that road, unless prior to three years ago that that out- your embankment was too' high. I lay of money in the town of Beloit had will say we have very little clay in our 1 not improved your roads one iota? town, and no red clay at all. Mr. Powers-The fact is you cannot Question-Would not under-draining draw as large a load as you could fifty be necessary in red clay? years ago, before the upper soil broke Mr. Powers-Undoubtedly there is through. A man twelve miles west of land that would have to be drained, i Beloit told me he could not draw as but I don't think we have a mile or big a load into town as he could fifty road in our township that would ever 1 years ago. need any draining at all. Mr. Everett-I wanted to empha- Mr. Watson-Do you use the same snze that point. They have very muc' grade of crushed rock right straight improved their roads. Both towns through' have a similar cash system; they have Mr. Powers-It would be better to a rock crusher and scrapers and we make it about two grades for country employ the same methods that have roads. We have used the same grade, been described. We used to work out but I think it would be better to put 1 $1,800 a year in our town, and prior to your coarser rock in the bottom and three years ago our roads were no bet- then finish off with your finer rock. ter than they were forty years ago, Supt. McKerrow-Where you are but they are being very much im- feather-edging the road you have got proved. The farmers have the privi- to have something finer to keep your lege of working out or paying the stone from rolling out. money. Most of them work out their Mr. Scott-On our stone roads that tax, but others, like myself, prefer to we have used three years, I don't see 1 pay cash. anything the matter with them; they Mr. Powers-We get enough out of put it on, irst, five and a half inches . -TIV .11101111111111111! 1. I I i I I I
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