Joseph W. Parmley wore many hats during his lifetime. He was a homesteader and a stockman. He worked as a newspaperman and a superintendent of schools for Edmunds County. He was a county and state officer. Mostly we remember him for his hard work for good roads. He was born in Wisconsin in 1861. He came to Dakota as a young man. He started working for better roads in 1907. Many of his ideas were finally used a few years later. He saw the value of good roads for tourism. He thought roads that went all the way from one coast to another were a good idea. He also thought we needed a road from Canada to Panama. He died in Ipswich in 1940.

Joseph W. Parmley
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society