Biography of Roy L. May
Kings County, CA Biographies





ROY L. MAY.
Probably no science, excepting that of astronomy, requires as close calculations and painstaking exactitude as does that of civil engineering and as a rule he who is successful in this work is precise in every act of his life. Among the well known citizens of Kings county who have made their individuality felt in the community is the present county surveyor, Roy L. May. He is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, born on the 8th day of October, 1888. In childhood he was brought by his parents to Kings county and acquired his public school education in Lemoore. He then entered the Polytechnic College of Engineering at Oakland, where he took the course in civil engineering. His first work was with the Engineering Corps in connection with the construction of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, from 1908 to 1915. The corps went into the work with pack trains and came out on passenger trains upon the completion of the road. This was a valuable experience for the young engineer, as some of the problems accompanying the survey on that route were extremely difficult. Mr. May acted as chief assistant engineer for the Kings county highway commission during the good roads building era in this county. In 1917 he was appointed surveyor of Kings county to fill out an unexpired term, and has since been twice elected to that office. In addition to his official duties Mr. May also has a large private practice and has been engaged in the laying out of a number of important subdivisions in this section of the country, prominent among which are the Armona Nos. One, Two and Three; the William Stanley subdivision at Goshen; and the Home Gardens tract, south of Hanford. For the county, among other important work, he has built the Kings river bridge, near Kingsburg, two on the State highway near Lemoore and one on the Browndale road. He has also done much drainage, irrigation and reclamation work throughout the county and has earned a high reputation as a careful and accurate engineer.

Mr. May was married January 1, 1910, to Miss Elsie Williams, a native of Napa county, California, and they are the parents of three children, namely: Gladys, Doris and Robert.

Mr. May is a Mason, in which order he has taken the degrees of the blue lodge and chapter; belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star, the Fraternal Order of Eagles; and the Woodmen of the World. Politically he is a republican. A man of vigorous mentality and strong moral fiber. Mr. May has always stood on the right side of every moral issue and has given his support to every movement for the betterment of the public welfare. Because of his splendid character and genuine worth he is deservedly popular throughout the county.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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