John Henry Darling

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John Henry Darling ranks among the leading civil engineers in the Northwest and is one of the progressive citizens of Duluth, Minn. He is a native of Michigan and was born at Lake Ridge, in Lenawee county, April 15, 1847, and is a son of Henry and Matilda (Osborn) Darling.

After leaving the district schools of his native place, he attended the high school at Tecumseh, Mich., and in 1873 was graduated as a civil engineer at the University of Michigan.

The same year he entered the employ of the government and for nine years was engaged as assistant engineer on surveys of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river. He was then employed two years as assistant engineer on government work relating to river improvements in Minnesota, with headquarters at St. Paul, and from 1884 to the present time has been principal assistant engineer in government work and harbor improvements on Lake Superior, with headquarters at Duluth. Among his more noted accomplishments may be named the designing and executing of much-needed improvements in the channels and piers of Lake Superior harbors. In addition to this line of work he made extensive magnetic observations in the years 1902-3, over the westerly portion of Lake Superior, as far east as the Apostle Islands, and prepared a chart of magnetic variations. This was published in the annual report of the Chief of Engineers for 1904 and in the bulletin of the United States Lake Survey, for the use of navigators.

Astronomy is a science of which Mr. Darling is very fond and he has made frequent contributions of articles on astronomical subjects to the daily press of Duluth.

Mr. Darling is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and also belongs to the Sons of the American Revolution.

He is a director of the Superior Home Building & Loan Association and also of the Union Building & Loan Association of Duluth, and has served the last named as president. He is an honorary member of the Duluth Boat Club.

On February 25, 1880, Mr. Darling married Miss Addie A. Ford, of Tecumseh, Mich.

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  • Woodbridge, Dwight and John Pardee, eds. History of Duluth and St. Louis County Past and Present Vols. 1 – 2. C. F. Cooper & Company, Chicago: 1922.
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