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September 20
1909 Farmers and good roads advocates from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, on a tour to learn about road building in the East, visit Secretary of Agriculture James Wilson and are entertained at lunch by OPR officials. The tour, which covered the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States, had been suggested by B. F. Yoakum of the Rock Island-Frisco Railway because "no work [is] more important than to build public roads in such a manner that they will be permanent and economical in maintenance." The group travels in his private rail car, the "Signet."
1922 M.O. Eldridgew, ORI's third employee, is named Executive Chairman of AAA by a special committee, meeting in Cleveland, OH. Eldridge had been Director of Roads for AAA since leaving ORI 3 years ago.
1971 Administrator Frank Turner administers the oath of office to Emmett H. Karrer, first Director of FHWA's National Highway Institute, authorized by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970.
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