Maitland’s D. Ward King was famous for his innovative approach to road maintenance. Thanks to the January 9, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), we know that he was internationally famous:
Wanted in Brazil
D. Ward King of Maitland, the split-log-drag man is wanted in Brazil to superintend and direct extensive road improvements. The roads of that great agricultural country very badly need improvement as the cost of transportation there is much greater than the average cost here and the government is now seeking men of experience and ability to help them in their work. He has a proposition from officials of Rio de Janeiro which he is considering and probably will arrange to go, if they will consent to let him return to his home in one year as that is as long as he cares to be away from his business here at one time.