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Frederick William Sperr

mining engineer

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.


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.


Married Julia S. Loomis, August 10, 1884. Children: Frederick William, Julian Dana, Percy Loomis, Donald (deceased), Harold George, Raymond, Bertram (deceased).

Michael Sperr

Christine (Benighoff) Sperr

Julia S. Loomis

Frederick William Sperr

Julian Dana Sperr

Percy Loomis Sperr

Donald Sperr (deceased)

Harold George Sperr

Raymond Sperr

Bertram Sperr (deceased)