Age: 25, credited to Saxtons River, VT
Unit(s): 2nd KS SM
Service: CAPT, 3rd KS State Militia [College: NU 59]
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Birth: 04/19/1837, Saxtons River, VT
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, KS
Marker/Plot: Section 8 South, Lot 126
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 23707100
Alias?: None Noted
College?: NU 59
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Holland Wheeler, second son of Hollaud and Frances A. (Tuttle) Wheeler, was born at Saxton's River, Vt., April 19, 1837. His father died when he was five years old. After he was nine years old his home was at West Westminster, Vt., until after his attendance at Norwich University had ceased. He entered the University in the spring of 1856 and remained until 1858, when he went to Lawrence, Kan., where he has ever since lived. He has been in general practice as a civil engineer and surveyor for thirty-seven years. He was first employed in the survey of the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Ft. Gibson Railway, now Southern Kansas Branch of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and then on the Leavenworth Branch of the Kansas Pacific Road.
He had charge of the location and construction of divisions of the Solomon, Junction City & Ft. Kearney and the McPherson Branches of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, and made a survey of two hundred miles of the Kansas Pacific main line for alignment; also made a general survey of the Kansas Central Railroad, preparatory to making it a standard gauge. He had charge of a party in the survey of a line from River Bend on the Kansas & Pacific to Colorado Springs and up the Ute Pass, via Manitou. He relocated the Union Pacific R. R. tracks and grounds for a new depot at Lawrence, Kan., with approaches and street pavings, and was for several years assistant engineer in the office of the Kansas Pacific R. R. Co. at Kansas City. He was chief engineer of the construction of the Sedalia, Warsaw & Southern R. R. in Missouri, and designed all its structures, and had charge of the location and construction of twenty miles of the Missouri Pacific R. R. in Nebraska, including the Platte River bridge, which is three fourths of a mile long.
He worked several years in Kansas City, and had charge of the location and construction of the Chelsea Park, Consolidated Cities, and Kensington Branches of the elevated road in Kansas City, and laid out parks, streets, and additions. He was city engineer of Lawrence and surveyor of Douglas county, Kan., many years, and had charge of the construction of the dam across the Kansas river at Lawrence.
He designed and superintended construction of the sewer system of Lawrence (nine miles of pipes, costing $40,000; also storm sewers and culverts); laid out Oak Hill cemetery at Lawrence and designed and constructed the receiving tomb; engineered two street railway systems in Lawrence; made surveys of Ottawa Indian lands, and, as U. S. deputy and contractor, the Iowa Indian reservation in Kansas and Nebraska; was deputy U. S. mineral surveyor in Colorado, and constructed works at Silverton and elsewhere; made many surveys for territorial and state roads ; located and superintended construction ,of many irrigation canals in western Kansas, Nebraska, aud Colorado. He laid out grounds and buildings for the Kansas state capitol, state university, Haskell Institute (Indian school), as well as many town sites, etc.
At the breaking out of the Civil War he drilled Union volunteers at Lawrence, and was elected captain of Company A, Third Regiment, Kansas state militia, and detailed as ordnance officer of the Second Brigade. At the time of Price's raid, was posted in the battle of Westport in support of the Colorado Second Battery on old Independence road, east of Kansas City. Appointed by Governor Robinson to assist and arm Union refugees on Kansas and Missouri border. Member of Washington Post, G. A. R., Lawrence, Kan.
He married, November 2, 1879, Martha E. Glasby of Concordia, Kan., and has three daughters now in the public schools of Lawrence.
William A. Ellis, Norwich University. Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, (Rumford Press, Concord, NH, 1898), pp. 380-382.