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Merle Jay Trees

civil engineer

Merle Jay Trees, American civil engineer. Member American Society Civil Engineers, Western Society Engineers, Steel Plate Fabricators Association (past president), University of Illinois Alumni Association (past president), National Railway Appliance Association (past president), American Iron and Steel Institute, Phi Delta Theta.; Mason.

Background

Trees, Merle Jay was born on June 14, 1883 in on farm near Mayview, Illinois, United States. Son of George Washington and Jennie Myrtle (Ray) Trees.

Education

Bachelor of Science, University of Til., 1907, C.E., 1911.

Career

With Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, October since 1908, beginning as estimator, appointed general sales manager, 1911, director, 1913, vice president, 1918, executive vice president, 1942, Chairman of the Board 1945, director Guardite Corporation, International Harvester Company, American Lumber & Treating Company, John I. Hay Company, Northern Trust Company, A.T.&San Francisco Railway, Horton Steel Works, Ltd., Chicago Bridge & Iron works, Ltd., Sociedad Chibridge de Construeoes Ltd. Has served as president of the board directors United Charities of Chicago, Chicago Commonwealth Club, University of Illinois Alumni Association, National Railway Appliance Association. Member executive committee Chicago Community Trust.

Member Cancer Research Committee University Chicago. Member board of trustees, University of Illinois (past president), 12 years. Member board of trustees The Art Institute of Chicago of Chicago, 4th Presbyn Church Life member Chicago History Society, The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History.

Membership

Member American Society Civil Engineers, Western Society Engineers, Steel Plate Fabricators Association (past president), University of Illinois Alumni Association (past president), National Railway Appliance Association (past president), American Iron and Steel Institute, Phi Delta Theta. Mason.; Clubs: Chicago, Commercial (past president) Commonwealth, University, Tllini, Wayfarers, Casino, Economic, Indiana Society of Chicago, Glenview (Chicago.

Connections

Married Emily Lavinia Nichols, January 2, 1909. Children: Katherine, George Spencer.

father:
George Washington Trees

mother:
Jennie Myrtle (Ray) Trees

spouse:
Emily Lavinia Nichols

children:
Katherine Trees

George Spencer Trees