IOWA STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION
The Legislature of 1903 passed an act making the Iowa State College a state highway commission to supervise the
construction of improved roads in the state. Under this act work was carried on under the auspices of the college
until 1913, when another act was passed creating a commission of three members, one of whom was the dean of the
engineering department of the State College, and the other two were to be appointed by the governor from the
different political parties, for a term of four years. The first highway commission appointed under this act, and the
one still in existence at the close of the year, 1916, was composed of Anson MARSTON, dean of engineering in the State
College, chairman; James W. HOLDEN, of Scranton, Iowa; and H. C. BEARD, of Mount Ayr, Iowa.
By the provisions of the highway commission act the office of county surveyor was abolished, and the board of supervisors
in each county of the state was required to appoint a county engineer, within thirty days from the taking effect of the
act, and to designate roads within the county for improvement, such roads hereafter to be known as county roads under
the county road system.
SOURCE: FAIRBAIRN, Robert Herd History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties, Iowa
Vol. I. Chapter 19. p. 355. S.J. Clarke Publ. Co. Chicago. 1919.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009