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Martin Wilhelm Torkelson

Martin Wilhelm Torkelson, American civil engineer. Recipient Distinguished Service citation University of Wisconsin College Engineering, 1959. Member American Society of Civil Engineers; Mason.


  • Torkelson, Martin Wilhelm was born on October 27, 1878 in Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Iver and Martine (Anderson) Torkelson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Continuing education, University Wisconsin, 1904, C.E., 1916.


    • Railway work in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia 4 years. Bridge engineer Wisconsin Highway Department, 1908, later secretary and assistant state highway engineer. Resigned, 1927, to specialize as consultant in municipal engineering.

      Director regional planning, 1929-1955, also state highway engineer 1931, 32, now consultant to state chief engineer. Executive officer Wisconsin State Planning Board, 1932-1956. Executive secretary Natural Resources committee State Agilysys, Wisconsin since 1951.

      Works progress administrator for Wisconsin, 1936-1938. Secretary Wisconsin State Council National Defense, 1940-1943. Prepared 1st highway bridge standard plans used by Wisconsin Highway Department and one of first in the United States.


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Member American Society of Civil Engineers.


    • Married Cornelia R. Herried, December 24, 1907. Children: William Edward, Christine Martha, Ivar John.
    • father: Iver Torkelson
    • mother: Martine (Anderson) Torkelson
    • spouse: Cornelia R. Herried
    • children: William Edward Torkelson
    • Christine Martha Torkelson
    • Ivar John Torkelson
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    Born October 27, 1878
    Died April 2, 1963
    (aged 84)