|Introduction||Historical Background||Chronology||Geography||Biography||Technology||Ownership and Financing||General Bibliography|
|Biography||Elllis S. Chesbrough|
Ellis S. Chesbrough was born in Baltimore on April 6, 1813 and has only limited schooling before working as a chainman on an early railroad survey. He rose quickly and became an assistant engineer and resident engineer for several railroad projects. In 1846 he was hired as the Chief Engineer of the Western Division of the Boston Water Works, although he had no experience in that field. In 1851 he was appointed City Engineer for Boston, a position he held until taking as position in Chicago as engineer of the Sewerage Commission. He was made Chief Engineer of the Board of Public Works in 1861 and in 1863 became Chicago City Engineer. From November, 1877 until November, 1878, was president of the American society of civil engineers. He resigned his position in Chicago in 1879 and became consulting engineer for the new Croton Aqueduct in New York City. He became ill while on a trip to Europe to investigate dam and construction for that project, and died on August 18, 1886.
|Ellis S. Chesbrough's Water Works Experience|
|Boston||MA||1846-1855||Construction of Cochituate Aqueduct and Brookline Reservoir; City Engineer.|
|Chicago||IL||1855-1879||Sewerage Commission Engineer, Chief Engineer of Board of Public
Works, City Engineer.
|Kalamazoo||MI||1866||Water works survey|
|Memphis||TN||1868||Water works survey|
|Milwaukee||WI||1868||Water works report|
|Pittsburgh||PA||1871||Report on water works|
|Jacksonville||IL||1872||Prepared water works plan|
|Toronto||ON||1872||Report on water works with Thomas C. Keefer|
|Akron||OH||1874-1875||Water works report|
|Cambridge||MA||1879||Water works report|
|New York City||NY||1880-1883||Consulting engineer on New Croton Aqueduct|
Various obituaries state
that he worked on water works in Detroit (where he worked on the Detroit
River Tunnel), Albany (where his brother I.C. Chesbrough was engineer of
the water works from 1873 to 1877), and Jacksonville, Florida (which is
probably meant to be Jacksonville, Illinois where he did work).
1858 Chicago Sewerage: Report of the Results of Examinations Made in Relation to Sewerage in Several European Cities, in the Winter of 1856-7, by Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough. March 25, 1858.
1868 Report of the Chief Engineer to the Water-Works & Sewerage Commissioners upon a Public Water Supply and a System of Drainage for the City of Memphis, by Charles Hermany, July 15, 1868. Reprinted in 1885 Second Edition of Report.
1868 Report on Milwaukee Water Works, by Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough, October 28, 1868.
Sketches of the Leading Men of Chicago, Photographically
illustrated by J. Carbutt.
Pages 191-195: Elvis Sylvester Chesbrough
1871 Pittsburgh new Water Works : report of the Board of Examiners and hydraulic engineers, with estimates of cost of work : submitted March, 1871. by Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough and Moses Lane.
1873 "Detroit River Tunnel," by E. S. Chesbrough, Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers 2:233-238 (November, 1873)
1879 City of Cambridge. Report of the Special Committee on the Water Supply of the City, December, 1879. Appendix II - Report of E.S. Chesbrough
1886 Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough grave
1886 "E.S. Chesbrough, A Memoir," by Benezette Williams, Association of Engineering Societies 6(1):1-10 (November, 1886)
1889 "Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough," Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers 15:161-162 (November-December, 1889 )
1894 "Isaac Collins Chesbrough, A Memoir," by Isham Randolph, L.E. Coolby and Benzette Williams, Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies 8(3):145-: (March, 1894)
1972 "Raising and Watering a City: Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough and Chicago's First Sanitation System," by Louis P. Cain, Technology and Culture, 13(3):353-372 (July 1972)
2005 Shock Cities: The Environmental Transformation and Reform of Manchester and Chicago, by Harold L. Platt
2017 The Tunnel under the Lake: The Engineering Marvel That Saved Chicago, by Benjamin Sells
Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough, American Society of Civil Engineers
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