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Title: Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies
Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Association of Engineering Societies (U.S.)
Subjects: Engineering
Publisher: St. Louis : Board of Managers
Contributing Library: Northeastern University, Snell Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Northeastern University, Snell Library

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rteenyears of age, to Rochester, Minn., where he attended the publicschool, and where he continued to have his residence for thefollowing thirty-three years. He was sent East to the FairfieldSeminary, in Herkimer County, New York, to complete hisschool education, and during some two years spent in this institu-tion he received whatever technical training he had, other thanthat of practical experience. It would be ;very interesting toknow just what character of instruction he received at that time,which was to be the basis for his future success as an engineer.Probably the meagemess of it would be both astonishing andhumiliating to some of the more recent additions to the profession,if supplemented by a comparison of results. Mr. Horton was arepresentative of a class which probably every generation thinksexceptional; men who — from the standpoint of to-day, providedwith but poor equipment — have achieved even what we ofto-day consider large things. The lesson is easy to read, if 68
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Horace E. Horton. OBITUARY. 69 not to follow, — the man whose education stops with his degreeis beaten before he starts; there are God-given qualities whichwill surmount many obstacles; that diligence and perseveranceon our part are the determining elements, rather than the earlyopportunities of education. Mr. Horton returned to Rochester when he was abouttwenty years of age, and spent the following three years in find-ing himself, — doing some farm work, some surveying and somerailroad location work. Probably his first real entrance intoengineering was when he was twenty-three years of age, at whichtime he designed and built, as a contractor, a timber arch bridge,in the village of Oronoco, Minn., of 186 ft. span, and which was60 ft. high above the water. With this as a starting-point, hewas duly launched upon his life-work. For the following twenty-three years he had his headquarters at Rochester, and built upan extended business in the designing and erection of highwaybridges th

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