Edwin Sanford Cullings. — A prominent citizen of Watertown is Edwin Sanford Cullings, who is executive secretary
and chief engineer for the Black River Regulating District, with offices at 58 Public Square. He was born at Mellette,
S. D., April 17, 1884, the son of Gallio and Almeda (Gifford) Cullings.
Gallio Cullings was a native of Albany, N. Y. He died in 1920 and his widow resides in Watertown.
The early education of Edwin Sanford Callings was received in the public schools of Mellette, S. D., Schoharie,
N. Y., and Schenectady, N. Y. In 1910 he was graduated from Syracuse University with the degree of civil engineer.
From 1903 until 1906 Mr. Cullings had been employed in construction work on the New York Central Railroad. From
1910 until 1920 Mr. Cullings was connected with the New York State Conservation Commission in hydraulic work, and
in the latter year he became chief engineer and executive secretary for the Black River Regulating District. The
work of the District consists of building and operating a system of storage reservoirs for the regulation of the
flow of the Black River and its tributaries. Mr. Cullings is recognized as an authority on this type of work and
has written numerous reports, which have been published by the New York State Conservation Commission, and which
include much information of great value concerning the water power resources of the State. He is a member of the
American Society of Civil Engineers and is past president of the Jefferson County Fish and Game Protective Association.
On Jan. 12, 1912, Mr. Cullings was united in marriage with Miss Ethel Sprague, the daughter of Arthur E. and Clara
A. Sprague, natives of New York, both deceased. Mr. Sprague was a well known funeral director of Poland, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Callings have a son, John Richard.
Mr. Cullings is a Republican, a member of the Universalist Church, and belongs to Phi Kappa Alpha and Tau Beta
Pi fraternities, Black River Valley Club, and Jefferson County Golf Club.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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