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Solomon Henderson Finley

civil engineer.

Solomon Henderson Finley, American civil engineer. Member National Guard of California, 1890-1908; Member S.R., Spanish War Veterans; Club: Rotary.


Finley, Solomon Henderson was born on October 10, 1863 in Lincoln County, Missouri, United States. Son of Andrew Ramsey and Caroline (Gibson) Finley.


Bachelor of Arts, Monmouth (Illinois) College, 1886, A.M., 1889.


Began practice as civil engineer. Santa Ana, California, 1886. City engineer (installed original municipal water system), 1891-1897.

Planned and built Modjeska Dam for Madam Modjeska, 1900. Planned and built agricultural drainage systems for 5 districts, Orange County, California, 1889-1905. As chief engineer built Santa Ana Newport R.R., 1891-1899.

Member board of trustees, Santa Ana, 1900-1902, mayor, 1902-1904. Chief engineer Orange County Highway Commission, 1915-1916. Supervisor of Orange County, 1916-1928.

An organizer, 1928, since secretary, and director from Santa Ana, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.


Member National Guard of California, 1890-1908. Member S.R., Spanish War Veterans. Club: Rotary.


Married Ida Hedges, January 8, 1891. Children: Gailene (Mistress.

Andrew Ramsey Finley

Caroline (Gibson) Finley

Ida Hedges

Gailene (Mrs Finley