Charles C. Carlisle, a consulting engineer with offices in Cheyenne, was born in Arkansas on the 11th of April, 1876, a son of James and Mary A. (Warren) Carlisle. The parents were born and brought up in Illinois. Formerly the father followed the occupation of carpenter but in late years has conducted a business as watchmaker and jeweler and also does some surveying in one of the northern counties of Idaho where he is county surveyor. His wife has passed away. Of their family, numbering five daughters and three sons, Charles C., was the third in order of birth. In 1883, the parents with their children, then numbering five, moved to the state of Washington and settled on a homestead.
Charles C. lived on the farm and attended a district school until the age of fourteen years and then with his parents moved to Oakdale, Washington, where he attended high school. A few years later he attended college at Pullman, Washington, and graduated at the Washington State College with high honor in the class of 1901, with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and in 1908, the degree of Civil Engineer was conferred upon him by the same institution.
Following his graduation, he was first connected with the irrigation investigations, United States department of agriculture, in the government offices at Cheyenne, where he spent one winter. The following summer he was in charge of a party engaged in surveying government lands. On the 15th of September, 1902, he was appointed as assistant state engineer under Fred Bond and continued in that position (after Fred Bond's death) under Clarence T. Johnston, until 1916 when he made surveys for and prepared a report for a new water works for the city of Cheyenne and immediately after filing the report was appointed city engineer in February, 1917. Among other duties as city engineer, he prepared detailed plans and specifications for the million dollar water works and superintended the installation thereof. He continued as city engineer of Cheyenne until the water works was completed in September, 1912, when he resigned to enter upon the practice of his profession as consulting engineer. with offices in the First National Bank building. He is the only engineer in the state making a specialty of water works, sewers and electric lights. He has been employed as consulting engineer for one or more of the three improvements, viz., water works, sewers or electric lights, for the following cities and towns: Cheyenne, Douglas, Glenrock, Manville, Casper, Thermopolis, Riverton, Hudson, Lander, Wheatland, Laramie, Rock River, Medicine Bow, Burns, Granger, Baggs, all of Wyoming, and Potter, Nebraska.
In November, 1912, Hon. John A. Riner, judge of the United States district court for Wyoming, appointed Charles C. Carlisle, receiver of the North Platte Valley Irrigation Company, a corporation whose assets and liabilities as shown by the books of the company amounted to $4,707,000.00, which position he is still holding and is conducting the affairs of the company.
He successfully passed the examination for and secured civil engineer's licenses in all five grades to practice engineering in Wyoming; also under the revised laws he holds a senior engineer's license. His “hobby” is scientific research and electric phenomena along which lines, during his spare moments, he is studying. He is fond of hunting and is an expert with rifle or revolver.
On the 9th of August, 1905, Mr. Carlisle was united in marriage to Miss Flora May Lee, an alumna of the University of Wyoming. They mow have two children, Alice Laurel and Marian Lee.
Mr. Carlisle is a republican in political views and his religious faith is evidenced by his membership in the Congregational church. Fraternally, he is a member of Cheyenne Lodge, No. 1, A. F. & A. M., of which he is a past master; he is also a past master of Rocky Mountain Lodge of Perfection, No. 3, and is a member of Wyoming Consistory, No. 1, A. & A. S. R., and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine.