Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 15, 2014

A.C. history by Enyfs McMurry


The Daily Iowegian

---- — April 15, 1923/4: Centerville’s radio station WDAX (see April 11’s column) ceased operations suddenly and unexpectedly. The cause: the station, said the government, was not run by a licensed operator. It did come back onto the air, reconditioned and renamed PAVE. It operated for 13 days between April 1 to 13 urging people to vote “yes” on the 14th for paving the county’s roads. The station offered rewards for the best slogans of the campaign. Four mud-covered vehicles came into town. One was an auto, laden with chairs, high boots and shovels, labeled, “We just came in from Moravia.” Another was a Ford car, wobbling precariously from side to side. Slogans were everywhere: “Pave or Perish,” “Pave Don’t Rave,” “Come Dave Let’s Pave,” “Pave or Push.” The bond issue passed with a majority of 3,000. By August, 300 feet of concrete were laid on what was then Highway 3 (now 2) west of town. By July 30, 1929, after a “yes” vote for a $100,000,000 state bond issue, pavement was laid connecting Centerville to Corydon 23 miles west.