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Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Newspaper) - June 18, 1953, Oshkosh, WisconsinGovernment in 1912. The cite was divided into three districts Tor and j ministration of Street work under which it is operated today. Com missioners purchased heavy equip ment for Street use and named a supervisor of streets and machinery. By 1914. The City was spending annually on us share of Street improvement costs. Some of the last Block pavements were Laid at that time on 13th Street and Light Street. A total of 1.624 automobiles called Oshkosh Home in 1916 and demands for smooth durable rid ing surfaces became urgent. Their were 121 Miles of streets by 1918, 56 of them unproved. Street sweepers with Broom and two wheeled cart were familiar sights in 1914, working for si.60 per Day. They Cost the City i a year and costs of keeping the streets clean were rising steadily. The first motor driven sweeper was purchased in 1915. Familiar too. Was the City Oiler drawn by a horse Over the later the was replaced by a tractor and the first motor driven Oiler. A Graham truck with Chain drive and hard rubber tires was Pur chased in the for Many years Alenor Gibson had the City contract for sprinkling and Flushing the streets. His con tract in 1912 was for s4 50 a Day for sprinkling and per Day for Flushing. He used Large round wooden tanks mounted on wheels and equipped with a sprinkling de vice. During hot summer Days the Driver sat under a Multi coloured umbrella and the horses wore hats through which their i ears protruded. 1 the operation was motorized in 1920 and the combination flusher and sprinkler was used in the win Ter with a Snow plow attachment. And better cars were de inn dog better maintenance of streets during the Winter Mouths and by 1930 Snow removal was costing Sheet Asphalt was used As a cover for the City s older of Cedar or creosote blocks. To i Ford construction and bricks. Main Street s bricks from Church to High Street were Asphalt sheeted m 1928 and Asphalt used Over a i new Concrete base from High i Street to the River. The following Vear. The Job was completed with Sheet Asphalt Over tin old Cou Crete base from Polk to Irving forming the present Mam Street. In 1928, busses started operation and a Complete substitution Foi streetcars was made in 1930. Many of the steel tracks were buried in the streets. By 1929 the Woik of the Street department included such Diversi fied activities As and rubbish removal Street Sirius. Sprinkling lolling cleaning repairing o f streets removal of ice and Snow and noxious weeds. Carl Strey was elected superintendent of streets m 1939 by the Board of Public works and old streets were kept in repair by Gen Erous use of Asphalt and careful attention South main a fret partially paved in 1933 and a part of Jackson drive in 1937. By 1940. The City had More than 110 Miles of improved stress assessments Kami rated special assessments Foi Street maintenance were eliminated in 1945 and the department built a garage on Otter Street to House its grow ing Stock of equipment. Traffic congestion forced a pro Gram of Street widening begun m 1945 and continued to the present time As terraces fell victim to the automobile and traffic experts work at perfecting a Way to keep the cars moving. A count completed Lune 30. 1952, showed motor vehicles Regis timid m Oshkosh. Dubs walks and Center streets Are painted As an nil to traffic regulation. Kail brings tie election of about 16.000 feet of Snow Fence and 75 Sand boxes Are spotted throughout the City at Street Corners where they Supply materials for treat Osh Leosh daily Northwestern fri., june 19, 1953 ment of Slippery Crossings. After each snowfall some 130 Miles of streets Are slowed in from Steven to nine hours after which Snow removal begins in the business Dos trait and moves to residential areas. Intersections and cf2fs walks Are cleaned by a Traci fir equipped with a Snow bucket and by shovel. A Snow loader picks up the Snow and fills the Street de i part ment trucks. The City had 130.7 Miles of streets ,58 of which Are paved 55.7 oiled Laud 17 Miles unimproved. Present equipment is for the most part Jess than 12 years old and is repaired Laud serviced at the department s garage. William Hubbard is Street 1 superintendent a Post he has head the swedes i from their own they can import Stock feed. Feed themselves land Only because fertilizer and City Hall heart of municipal government Lity streets Tell tory of growth rails to paved High rays in Century Stone erected by the City but the one at the Corner of main and Washington put up As a gift by he Story of Oshkosh streets ar-1 Robert Mcmillen. Proved so popu ies of the City has never be liar that Saloon keepers joked that s been written until this Cen Nial year when a. J. Thalhofer it department employee Gath d from the Dusty histories and Lutes of Council proceedings the they were losing business. In june. 1885. Mcmillen a Lum Ber manufacturer offered an elaborate and costly Fountain for opera House Square now Monu of the building of the City s mint Square and planned another rough fares. Algoma and new York. T is the Story of the Progress 1 growth of the City. From in n Trail to superhighway the by of Oshkosh streets is they of the City s development indians moved across the land remembered with pleasure by Many Oshkosh ans were those at the Soo line freight depot new York and Harrison Algoma and Forest push qua and West Al Goma seventh and Oregon and t was to be Oshkosh Over a Trail others. Most of them were gone by Rig Algoma Boulevard in 1836 the however since horses a Webster Stanley came to were no longer such an important Mikosh As the first settler. The Means of transportation. T real Road in the county was eyed in 1843 from Stanley s by to Neenah and in 1846 Jack and Wright surveyed and Ted a tract of land West of the sent main Street. Free years later. Oshkosh Vil e had 1.032 people and women with the horses went the hitch ing posts replaced with their mod Ern counterparts the parking meter in 1952. City fathers frowned on the practice of leaving horses untethered on the streets and the hitching posts were a necessity. Often ornamental several Are pre papers Dainty negotiated the i served in the Public museum Al t Plank sidewalk an innovation though the More utilitarian Wood cd made ferry Street a place in Post with its Iron bands has pedestrian traffic even in mud Hong disappeared. Weather i condition deplorable main Street was in what mayor Pratt called a deplorable Condi impassible in wet weather he mud and stumps and roam Tion in 1885. Heavily loaded wag livestock in Oshkosh were playing havoc with the thorns in the sides of the i primitive method of dumping first mayor and on other streets and letting incl and they hastened to Wear Down with travel one it a Street inspector for each a red to legislate narrow aldermen concerned them tired wagons off the streets. Is with on the Job supervision i construction of a new Cedar Street repairs and building. Set Block pavement on main Street a precedent which is Only this from the Bridge to Church Street r. A Century later being Dis began that year Makins use of tinned to a Large extent requests for Plank sidewalks the mayor s 15-ton steam roller which frightened every horse that red in and property owners it Stone curbing were 1 for them by special that year on main Street it at the rate of from 12 Toj by Many of the old Wood cents a Lineal foot were rotting and claims the Width which ranged injuries mounted. A new Board 10 feet. Of Public works composed of two Dermen took the title of Street missioners in 1853 to save the commissioners and the City comp troller took Over the of the of employing Ward inspectors Street department and began a funds were set up in each i vigorous Effort to improve the Side to defray costs of Survey-1waiks. New walks on main Street streets alleys and sidewalks j had to be constructed of tile As Den Carriage tracks Over or other suitable material. Street worked Well in dry ther. But mud sprayed up been the cracks in wet weath residents had their streets sprinkled at no More than five cents per foot and complained that Block pavement in 1866 the new Street sweeper kicked up such a Cloud of dust that it blew ailed As the City s greatest irn in at open windows and doors. A i ement was the Nicholson Wood report from 1891 listed 7.6 Miles ing Laid in 1866 for feel of Cedar Block paving and 303 in ferry Street at a Cost of Miles of Gravelled streets. Streets 000. Wood was still the with 227 electric lights material but this time pm which burned until 1 am. Even dipped in hot tar. Were when the Moon was out. Horse Over a flooring of Inch thick drawn streetcars installed m 1885. Boards. Spaces Between were were operating on the City slices d with More Coal tar and Gra vagrants seeking lodging and and a covering of Fine Sand t food were put to work on the gravel completed the Road streets in 1894, contributing three Plank streets extended the hours of work for each Day they e to Polk Street in 1869. cite charges. Uderman Street commissioners Macadam popular on a Street superintendent Macadam roads were becoming vey Seldon in 1869 at s100 per popular for Oshkosh streets in 1897 Ith. His was the Job of Over when electric Streetcar tracks no the various Street improve were Laid and the Council leased its ordered by the steam roller. Mam Street was action of Ward funds and in m difficulties again by 1900 and a ement of ordinances regulating contract was let to put in Brick it Mamet Nance and improve paving from the Bridge to Polk its. A later aldermen Street Ohio Sandstone was used e again in sole Possession of to replace the curbing. Problem although the court Oshkosh 50 old in 1903 j ruled that three fourths of the and its population was 28284. A erty owners must petition for to mobiles were beginning to apr it improvements costing Over Pear on the 64 Miles of improved 0. Streets. 19 Miles of which were Rule fighting the avid on one paved or Mach mixed. Irn prove 1 aldermen were also paving meals were costing the a anvers Bills for sprinkling the Dusty an estimated paid mostly is during the summer. Direct assessment. I streets begun on Algoma Between 1905 and 1910 Brick Levard in 1867, called for More Prave Menis were Laid on some idling. Streets subjected 1o heavy traffic however solved a num although Macadam was used on of Early Street problems and Oiler streets. A Cement pavement men were kept Busy Sii Pervis on Oregon Street Between 15th and its application to a number of 19th was marked with lines to re to. By 1883. Stone curb. And Brick and to i event Hoise sings were replacing planks from clipping. In 1885 the first tile sidewalk permanent streets Weie built on Mam Street. The talk of the town in 1911 Al Hough Icil hoped it would last at least City Engineer Gern go Randal ears. J warned that the Only permanent had drink inf fountains part of the pavement was the con my Oshkosh residents of today Crete foundation he paid that in remember the water troughs prove cats would have to be re drinking fountains on the City placed two or three times in each Gas lights still lighted the generation. Except on Moonlight nights Oshkosh people complained of 83 when the Council author sidewalk irregularities and in 1909 the Oshkosh water company an ordinance regulating thir construct a waterworks on con s auction was adopted two t the comp and shall he Council red out e r free to Supply 8 Fountain a enal except Cerney for s Ich Ward of the City for walk construction find imprinted j Only for Man he s tee name at in or Eft aldermen selected the Tion the if paver for the fountains of Iron of with the form of Boeder Stephan floor coverings phone Stan. 1355 in Paperi

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