Biography of Charles H. Tutton


Tutton, Charles H., Buffalo, was born in Tunkhannock, Pa., May 10, 1851, and when eleven years of age entered a country newspaper printing office, where he remained until he was fifteen years of age. In March, 1867, he entered the service of the Lehigh Valley Railroad as an engineer, and from 1869 to 1872 attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N. Y. Between 1871 and 1873 he located and built the Montrose Railway in Pennsylvania and also worked on railroads in New Jersey, and from 1874 to 1877 was engaged in mining and general engineering with I. A. Stearns at Wilkesbarre, Pa. In 1878 he was employed in bridge engineering at South Bend, Ind., and in 1879 returned to Wilkesbarre, where he was engaged in bridge engineering and mining until 1882, when he came to Buffalo, where he has since resided. Mr. Tutton was connected with the Lehigh Valley Railroad from 1882 to 1888, building and designing all the Tuft farm improvements, canals, coal trestles, and the shore protection along Lake Erie on the Hamburg turnpike. He also built their coal trestles in Chicago. From 1889 to 1892 he was engaged on general work for contractors, who, during this time, built a number of trestles on the Adirondack and St. Lawrence Railroad, the Lehigh Valley coal trestle at Cheektowaga (the largest in the world), the new Buffalo city reservoir, etc. Since 1893 he been connected with the Bureau of Engineering (Department of Public Works). In this capacity he had charge of the erection of the steel liberty pole on the Terrace, city dredging operations, Buffalo River improvements, designing and construction of the sewer system of South Buffalo, the erection of the bridge over Cazenovia Creek near the Cazenovia Park, etc. He has been a member of the Western Society of Engineers of Chicago since 1877, and of the Engineers' Society of Western New York since its inception. In 1889 he was a candidate for city engineer, but was defeated by George E. Mann. In 1882 he married Fannie C. Draper at Tamaqua, Pa., and they have three daughters and one son.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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