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David Ward King

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Born Oct 27, 1857
Died Feb 9, 1920

David Ward King, a farmer who lived near Maitland, Missouri, was the inventor of the King road drag. His invention, which was the horse-drawn forerunner of the modern road grader, had great influence on American life because his invention improved the widespread dirt roads of his day to the extent that they could accommodate the advent of the automobile, rural mail delivery and mail order catalogues.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

Born in 1857.

TWENTIES

1877 20 Years Old …  Probably as early as 1877 or 1878, his father, Robert Quigley King, obtained some near Maitland in Holt County, Missouri. … Read More
1878 21 Years Old Almena Caldwell King died of diabetes on May 30, 1878, from which she had suffered greatly for a long time before it finally claimed her. … Read More
1879 22 Years Old So, Robert Quigley sent his son Ward to this farm in the spring of 1879 to begin farming it. … Read More
1880 23 Years Old …  On December 29, 1880 he married Mary Willie (often spelled "Wylie") Burbank of Danville, Kentucky in Springfield.

THIRTIES

1887 30 Years Old In 1887, he sent his other surviving son, Robert Leffler King (who also went by his middle name, "Leffler"), off to develop that land and farm it. … Read More
1891 34 Years Old Miriam Danforth King married Ralph LeVerne Caywood, who was born in Maitland, Missouri on May 3, 1891. … Read More
1896 39 Years Old It was in 1896 that D. Ward King first dragged the road with an old frostbitten pump stock and an oak post. … Read More

FORTIES

1906 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1906, the state of Iowa amended its statutes to use the King system on the country roads. … Read More

FIFTIES

1908 51 Years Old David Ward King further widely publicized the process in a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers' Bulletin #321 in 1908 under the title The use of the split-log drag on earth roads He also wrote articles explaining his drag, including one that appeared in the May 7, 1910 issue of The Saturday Evening Post titled "Good Roads Without Money."

LATE ADULTHOOD

1917 60 Years Old Ward's father, Robert Quigley King, died suddenly on November 26, 1917 in his apartments in the King Building in Springfield. … Read More
1920 63 Years Old …  He had just finished a board meeting when he suddenly died of a fatal cerebral hemorrhage on February 9, 1920 in St. Louis, at the Hotel Marquette. … Read More
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