(Originally published May 2, 1914)

L.L. Porter, Bath township farmer has notified the county commissioners that he will not accept $400 from the county as damages for the laying out of a new road over his premises, because $400 is too much. He says he will take no more than $200.

Thatís right---read it again. The county commissioners did the same thing when they received the notification from Porter. They declined to accept the proof of their eyes and demanded an explanation from the board of viewers. When it was forthcoming they were led to believe they were confronted with an actual truth but the novelty of it left their composure a little ruffled.

Farmers out in Bath have complained for years that the roads are too hilly. They cannot take the direct route with a load of grain to the mill near Ghent because teams cannot make the hills. As a result they have to drive by a roundabout way which takes extra time.

Recently they asked the county commissioners for permission to cut a new road, to be called the Clapper road, across private property so as to avoid the hills and shorten the road to Ghent. A board of viewers was selected and this week went over the ground carefully. They found that the highway would cut through Porterís farm and use up more than an acre of his land.

Honest Farmer

The viewers reported that the damage to Porterís place was $400, and that such a sum should be paid to Porter. When the farmer heard of it, he notified the commissioners that $400 was too much. He said he wouldnít accept that amount, and would take no more than $200. The commissioners have asked him for a signed statement to that effect.

The commissioners cannot accept the road plans until damage is paid. The cost of the new road to the county will be nothing. If the road is accepted the Bath township trustees will be notified to open the road.