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History of MSPS

Compiled by George D. Henning
Founding Member and Past President

             

Likely unknown to a large number or our present members is the fact that our present Society is the third organization in Michigan which has been started by Land Surveyors to deal with the practical and professional aspects of land surveying. Prior to 1900, it clearly appears that land surveying was a major part of the practice of the Civil Engineers involving the laying out of land locations directly dependent on the U.S. land survey system.  Surveys involved railroad layout, town site locations, the conversions of wild lands to agricultural uses and assisted the lumbering operations and mining industries. It was not until 1919 that a registration law came into being. Land surveying and engineering surveying were being done, more or less, by a separate group of individuals, and Land Surveying was separated from Engineering by statute.  In a history which was compiled by the Michigan Engineering Society about 1925, it was noted that in August, 1868, the "Surveyors and Civil Engineers Association of Michigan" was formed in Lansing.  A second meeting of this group was held as the "Second Annual Convention of The Michigan Surveyors and Civil Engineers Association" at Grand Rapids on May 5-6, 1869. An account of that meeting was found in a newspaper clipping.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE HISTORY OF MSPS 1941-1996

BY HERBERT G. AVERY, PS 

MSPS Presidents

George DeLaMater
1941-1948

Wilbur Williams

1949-1950

George Henning

1951-1952

Leo Nothstine

1953

John J. McMahon

1954-1955

Wenley Q. Smith

1956-1957

Dean DeLaMater

1958-1959

Clarence Aikman

1960-1961

Clyde Stephens

1962-1963

George Blass

1964-1966

John Lehner

1967-1968

Richard Postiff

1969-1970

Paul Lapham

1971

Donald A. Ratekin

1972-1973

Milton E. DeKeyser

1974-1975

George R. Keast

1976

Delton E. Lohff

1977-1978

Norman C. Caldwell

1979

Glenn C. Richard

1980

Arthur C. Crossman

1981-1982

Claybourne J. Adams
1983-1984

Richard Lomax

1985-1986

Donald R. Gilchrist

1987-1988

James H. Granger

1989-1990

William E. Soderberg

1991

John R. Fenn

1992-1993

John D. Matonich, Jr.

1994-1995

Ray D. Davis

1996-1998

Ronnie M. Lester

1998-1999

Jan S. Fokens

1999-2001

Mark R. Robison

2002

Robert C. Burtch

2003-2004

Michael J. Bartolo

2005

Jeffrey M. Davis

2006-2007

Neil B. Livasy

2008

Paul N. Brown

2009-2010

Mark W. Powell

2011

Patrick G. Bentley

2012

Zachary Stevens

2013

James D. Hollandsworth

2014-2015

Kelly M. Fedele

2016

Chris Lester

2017

 

 


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