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Frederick William Sperr

Frederick William Sperr, American mining engineer.


  • Sperr, Frederick William was born on June 5, 1856 in Jefferson, Ohio, United States. Son of Michael and Christine (Benighoff) Sperr.

  • Education

    • Educated Madison Seminary, O., 1873-1875. Ohio State University, 1879-1881 and 1882-1883.


    • Special agent 10th Census, on building stone investigation, 1881-1882. Engineer for Mining Stock Trust Company, Arizona, 1883-1884, and superintendent its successor, the Garden Springs Mining Corporation, 1885-1888. Assistant professor mining engineering, Ohio State University, 1888-1894.

      Professor civil and mining engineering, Michigan College of Mines, 1894-1926. Mining research, Michigan College of Mining and Technology, since 1926. Consulting engineer and mining expert, since 1888, in mining states of the West, also Mexico, Ontario and B.C.


    • Author: Notes on Mine Surveying, 1895. Notes on Mine Accounting, 1895. Notes on Mining Engineering, 1895.

      Classification of Methods of Mining, 1917. Revisions of same, also contributor on technical and educational topics.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Baptist


    • Married Julia S. Loomis, August 10, 1884. Children: Frederick William, Julian Dana, Percy Loomis, Donald (deceased), Harold George, Raymond, Bertram (deceased).
    • father: Michael Sperr
    • mother: Christine (Benighoff) Sperr
    • spouse: Julia S. Loomis
    • children: Frederick William Sperr
    • Julian Dana Sperr
    • Percy Loomis Sperr
    • Donald Sperr (deceased)
    • Harold George Sperr
    • Raymond Sperr
    • Bertram Sperr (deceased)
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    Born June 5, 1856
    Died November 19, 1929
    (aged 73)