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Branch Harris Colby

civil engineer

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.


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.


Member Michigan National Guard, 1873-1876.


Married Minnie Bary, June 28, 1883. Children: Vine (Mistress.

Lewis Colby

Celestia (Rice) Colby

Minnie Bary

Vine (Mrs Colby