GEORGE H. BENZENBERG DEAD

GEORGE H. BENZENBERG DEAD

President and Honorary Member of A. W. and Former Engineer of Milwaukee— I dentified with Water Works Engineering

GEORDE H. BENZENBERG. well-known water works engineer, died at his home in Milwaukee, Wis., on May 31. at the advanced age of 78 years. Mr. Benzenberg served his city for 25 years as city engineer, and was an ex-president and an honorary member of the American Water Works Association. He was born in New York City in 1847, and the following year his parents moved to Detroit, Mich., where he obtained his early schooling. In 1863 he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. After finding work during vacations with the U. S. Lake Survey he turned to that organization for his first job after graduation. In 1869 he changed to railway engineering. In 1874 he was offered a position as assistant city engineer in Milwaukee and then began a service to one community which was unbroken tor a quarter of a century. In 1882 on the death of Moses Lane. Mr. Benzenberg was promoted from assistant to city engineer and this was the last change until 1899 when he resigned. As consulting engineer he completed the first Cleveland water tunnel and the Cincinnati water supply system and did much advising on smaller operations.

In many instances Mr. Benzenberg was ahead of his times in his engineering projects, and met with much opposition. A particular example of this was his plan for the purification of the Milwaukee River, which was in a had state of pollution. He offered a scheme tor flushing the river. It was to build a 12-ft. tunnel from the lake to a point above the mouth of the river and through this tunnel with a screw pump 13 ft. in diameter to force water to flush the river.

The plan was roundly denounced and a commission of engineers engaged to review the plans declined to approve them. Mr. Benzenberg, however, refused to give up his project and rallied every force to win the city council to his plan. Here his standing in the confidence of strong business men helped him to win. The tunnel and pump were put in operation in the fall of 1888. In 24 hours the nuisance was abated and in a week the river was clean. Mr. Benzenberg, also was instrumental in placing the first triple-expansion pumping engines to be installed for city water works.

Mr. Benzenberg joined the American Water Works Association on April 17. 1888, and was elected its president at the New York Convention of the association. May 17 to 19, 1892, presiding at the Milwaukee Convention, September 5 to 9, 1893. He was later given honorary membership. He was also elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers for 1907 and in 1911 he was given the degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Wisconsin. He held high honors in the masonic lodges.

Chlorination Demonstration Truck Unique Wallace & Tiernan Company truck, which will tour the country to spread propaganda on the value of sterilized water.

Lewistown, Pa., Tears Bridge to Find Water Leak—The concrete floor of the bridge at Lewistown, Pa., which was dedicated on May 30, was torn up in an attempt to locate a water leak in the main that is carried across the bridge. It is believed that the heavy traffic over the bridge is a contributory factor in the development of the leak.

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