Biography of Albert B. Drake
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Drake, Albert Bailey, civil engineer, is a lineal descendant of Thomas Drake, who settled in Weymouth, Mass., in 1653. He is the son of Jonathan E. and Mary E. (Bailey) Drake, and was born February 24, 1859, in Mansfield, Bristol county, where he attended the public schools. In May, 186S, he came with his parents to New Bedford and finished his education in the High School of that city. In May, 1874, he entered the office of the New Bedford (then the Acushnet) Water Works as a clerk and draftsman, and also acted as assistant to the city land surveyor. He remained there until January, 1881, when he entered the employ of the Atlantic & Pacific (now a part of the Santa Fe) Railroad, on the line between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and "The Needles" on the Colorado River in Arizona. He was transitman on the location of the road across Arizona, division engineer in charge of construction, and for six months assistant in charge of the field engineering work on the entire length of the road, a distance of 560 miles. Returning to New Bedford in May, 1884, he was elected city land surveyor and held that office until May, 1893. He was also superintendent of the Board of Public Works from the formation of the board in 1889 until 1893, and at one time served also as city forester and super. intendent of parks. Mr. Drake has successfully practiced his profession as a civil engineer in New Bedford since 1884. He was one of the seven charter members of the Massachusetts Highway Association. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, the New England Water Works Association, and the Wamsutta and Dartmouth Clubs. October 19, 1887, he married Minnie Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary (Neely) McAfee of New Bedford. and they have one son, Edward.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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