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Branch Harris Colby

Branch Harris Colby, American civil engineer. Member Michigan National Guard, 1873-1876.; Mason.


  • Colby, Branch Harris was born on July 20, 1854 in Cherry Valley, Ohio, United States. Son of Lewis and Celestia (Rice) Colby.

  • Education

    • C.E., University of Michigan, 1877, post-graduate course in mining engineering, 1877-1878.


    • Assistant on survey of Great Lakes, 1875-1878. United States assistant engineer, Mississippi River, 1878-1884. In private practice, 1885-1889.

      United States assistant engineer in charge of survey of Portage Lake Ship Canal, 1888-1889, for Straight Channel, Sandusky (O.) Harbor, 1889. United States assistant engineer Mississippi River Commission, 1889-1890. Principal assistant engineer sewer department, St. Louis, 1890-1895.

      Sewer commission and member Board of Public Improvements, 1895-1899. Civil and consulting engineer American Car & Foundry Company, 1900. Private practice, 1901, until retired.

      Engineer on building steel ships at Hog Island Pennsylvania, 1917. Supervised construction Government Island Shipyard, San Francisco, July-December 1918. Member board to investigate and report upon condition and operation of ship yards upon Atlantic Coast.

      Resident engineer in charge of construction of a dry dock, marine railway and repair plant at Jacksonville, Florida.


    Denomination: Unitarian


    Member Michigan National Guard, 1873-1876.


    • Married Minnie Bary, June 28, 1883. Children: Vine (Mistress.
    • father: Lewis Colby
    • mother: Celestia (Rice) Colby
    • spouse: Minnie Bary
    • child: Vine (Mrs Colby
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    Born July 20, 1854
    Died January 3, 1933
    (aged 78)