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Martin Wilhelm Torkelson

civil engineer.

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.


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.


Member American Society of Civil Engineers.


Married Cornelia R. Herried, December 24, 1907. Children: William Edward, Christine Martha, Ivar John.

Iver Torkelson

Martine (Anderson) Torkelson

Cornelia R. Herried

William Edward Torkelson

Christine Martha Torkelson

Ivar John Torkelson