140 THE ALUMNI REVIEW
THE ALUMNI REVIEW
HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER FRANK PAGE
Come on, old eventually, we've got a 500-worcl, free-
hand sketch of Frank Page, chairman of the North
Carolina Highway Commission, to do for Doc. Wilson.
If it were anybody else except these two, we wouldn't
do it—but Doc. is about the insistingest fellow tliere
is, and it's time somebody tried to approximate tlie
truth about Mr. Frank, his job and the way he is
measuring up to it.
But we're glad there are only 500 words to do
in an extended article we might tend toward detail
and the victim of this can and probably would lick
us, if there were any attempt at sugar-coating him.
No danger of that, however; it would take too
danged much sugar. Six feet andsome-odd inches of
man, he-man, crammed full of brains and guts
that's Frank Page. None of theseyere purblind op-
timists alwaj's prating of service, hoping the people
will understand liis motives, trusting to the ravens to
feed him. He knows where he is going every minute
of the day, and when daylight wanes and he hasn't
covered sufficient distance to suit him he travels at
Bob Page, former congressman and the choice of
some thirty thousand of us for Governor, says, ac-
cording to Tom Bost, that he knows more about roads
than his In-other, Frank. Having paid our I'espeets
more than once to Mr. Bob at the polls, we can with-
out heat enter a positive denial. Frank Page is the
one man in the State of North Carolina who carries a
road map of the State in his head and sees the pro-
jected State system as a unified whole, without re-
spect to whose land is enhanced in value by having
a road put through it or whose political pledges are
delayed in transit.
Henry Page, State food administrator and yet
another brother of the five who with Cary, Wake
County, as Genesis, have made the Page name a
synonym for getting somewhere without refusing a
lift to a friend fir a fight to an opponent while way-
faring, says that Frank is hard-headed. Well, none
would suspect his cranium of being soft. Anybody
can get at him and tell him anything; it takes some-
thing more than telling to convince him.
Convinced, he is just as ready to do the thing your
way as his own. But don't go botheringhim unless
you know what you want. He knows no more than he
cai'es about politics; he'll probably surprise you by
telling you things about the roads of your own sec-
tion that you never suspected but which can be veri-
fied for you while you wait.
Thomas Walter Bickett, God rest liim for the pur-
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Louis R. Wilson, '99 Editoi
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Graves, '02; F. P. Graham, '09; Kenneth Tanner, '11; Lenoir
Chambers, '14; R. W. Madry. '18.
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Frank Page, '95
State Highway Commissioner
poseful friend of us ordinary folk that he was, picked
Frank Page for chairman of the highway commission
because the governor was committed to a policy of
roads to serve the whole people and not merely to
encourage tourist travel. He was attracted to him
by the trail Mr. Page and Leonard Tufts had left in
the Sandhills and the construction work done by
Lieutenant Page of the A. E. F. in France.
It might be said here that it could have l)een Major
Page just as well, if the subject of discussion had
been willing to go to Alaska to get out spruce for
the aircraft division.
Governor Bickelt's belief in his selection for the
highway commission was shared by the State Good
Roads Association and the Legislature when it came
time to revise road legislation, authorize the big bond
issue and reconstruct the commission itself. Every
bill offered, every tentative draft of a bill formulated
provided for the retention of Frank Page as
chairman, and Governor Morrison, whatever his feelings
at the outset were for Ihe brother of Bob who ran
and Henry, who spoke against him, has accepted his
predecessor's apjiointee as the biggest single factor in
the constructive program by force of which the
present State administration hopes to make its impress on
There he is. rouglily done, for liis fellow alumni.