History: Improving Clark Co., WI Roads (1938)

Contact:  Dee Zimmerman
Email:  ldzimm@tds.net

----Source: Clark County News: June 1938; Compiled by Dee Zimmerman for her weekly column "The Good Ole Days" published June 11, 2003.

Congressman Merlin Hull, in a letter to Chairman E. F. Anderson of the Clark County Board, a copy of which was also sent the Press, indicates that Clark County is in line for an appropriation of $288,120 for WPA work by the federal government, as follows:

"The Works Progress Administration advised me, today, that another project for Clark County has been approved by the President to construct, relocate and improve roads throughout the county, including grading, excavating, constructing bridges, placing gravel surface, brushing and clearing as well as performing appurtenant and incidental' work, involving the sum of $288,120. Head quarters for purpose of supervision will be at Neillsville."

"As advised you previously, these projects are subject to review by the Comptroller General and upon his approval, the projects will become eligible for operation at the discretion of the State Works Progress Administrator."

While there is nothing settled regarding the big highway project, it has at least received the approval of President Roosevelt and his advisors. Another project brought up by Director Wiseman of Menomonie, in a a series of dams on the Black River, to form small lakes and raise the water level. Owen and Greenwood are particularly interested in this project. It is possible that over $100,000 may be allocated for this purpose. Ed, Acker, who is in charge of WPA work for Clark and Taylor counties, has an office at Owen. He likely would supervise any of the new projects, when finally approved, then rnoving his office here.



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