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Brad Ott
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Here in Johnson County, Indiana, we are very fortunate to follow the footsteps of:

John McDonald 1819~

John (JB) Duckworth ~1900~1930s

(this post was inspired while listening to Mark Knopfler ~ Sailing to Philadelphia song this beautiful Sunday morning).

 
Posted : November 6, 2022 7:22 am
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I remember Samuel H. Corse from Massachusetts. 1889-?

While I was working as a new guy, the surveyor told me Corse used stakes made of locust, and that you could still find some of them. 

 

 
Posted : November 6, 2022 7:45 am
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The county surveyor in my hometown county for about 30 years in the late 1800's was a g-g-great uncle of mine. I think the second to hold that office. I have contemplated bothering the co engineer's office (no co surveyor position now) to see if I could look at his field books.

It would also be interesting to see if it is true as alleged by someone who worked for a later county engineer/surveyor that his boss moved many stones "to where they were supposed to be" implying that he could measure better than the original.

 
Posted : November 6, 2022 7:58 am

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Posted by: @bill93

I have contemplated bothering the co engineer's office (no co surveyor position now) to see if I could look at his field books.

Do it.  I liked and disliked portions of your post.

 
Posted : November 6, 2022 9:50 am
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I had the pleasure of working with Tommy for 6 years during the boundary survey of Palm Coast and the subsequent development. Patsy was a treasure too.

What a character, think Patrick F. McManus, Justin Wilson, and a Southern Tarzan with a machete all rolled into one. He introduced me to swamp cabbage boiled in the bucket of a front end loader. It (the bucket) was over a fire at a fish fry for the survey crews at a recently dug borrow pit.

Hope some of you history freaks like this. 😉 

https://flaglercountyhistoricalsociety.com/patricia-thomas-durrance/

 
Posted : November 6, 2022 9:59 am
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