This account of the state of roads in Nebraska and to the east as far as Chicago appeared in the August 6, 1915 issue of The Sutton News.
The road referred to here is "O.L.D." or Omaha - Lincoln - Denver. Later iterations of that road became the D.L.D. which alternatively stood for Denver - Lincoln - Des Moines or Denver - Lincoln - Detroit.
Mr. Roper was the president of the O.L.D. road association. He paints an interesting picture of road conditions in the very early day of general vehicular travel. Apparently the early hard-surfaced roads did not hold up well to use and weather leading to his remarkable conclusion.