Hi, Precincts may have changed since Erath Copunty l0ost territiry to
Somervell, Hood, and other counties, but Preinct 3 in 1950's included
from Duffau to Johnsville, selden and Chalk Mountain to Pony Creek and
Bluff Dale. Roy Fallin held the record for maximum road improvement after
he left the Seabees Engineering in South Pacific, best I remember. He
brought us from inferior gravel dumped by scrapers - without long
distance truck dumping, and inferior road beds to top notch riad beds
made with hs=eavier top notch Gravel and clay base and several were paved
as he had rebuilt after time for them to pack and settle.
He built beyond the County tax base by contracts to build terraces and
dams for farmers and ranchers and sub contracting work on Hwy 377 and
others and taking the payment from other contractors in Asphalt pavement
of County roads..Before that high clearance vehicles like Model A's drove
in deep muddy ruts after heavy rains and, if they met someone in the
same ruts, someone had to yeild at the risk of slicding in the ditch or
becoming stuck a useinf weeds and sacks to move agaimn or calling the
nearest farmer to bring his tractor or horses many saved for lighter work
like gathering corn or plowing small gardens.
Such sub contracting around the State brought about present laws
lobied by Private Contractors which forbids the County equipment to
compete with private contractors like Brown & Root or Mayfield Brothers
Young Brothers or whoever .
Also, in Texas today it is illegal to use County equipment within any
city limitstoavoid Cities organizing to keep taxes cheap and then asking
the County to maintain their dirt roads and streets, as they once did in
Charles A. Wyly.