|HOWARD F. BELL.|
Howard F. Bell, who is engaged in the practice of civil
engineering at Cody and is filling the office of county surveyor of
Park county, was born in Windsor. Ohio, June 1, 1884. He is a son of
Thompson H. and De Ette (Lampson) Bell, both of whom were natives of
the Buckeye state, where the mother passed away in 1895. The father
is still living and yet resides on his farm at Windsor.
Howard F. Bell at the usual age became a public school pupil in Ohio and after mastering the branches of learning taught in the common schools entered the Ohio state University at Columbus, from which institution he received his degree of Civil Engineer upon graduation with the class of 1909. Following his graduation he was employed by B. F. Hewit, an engineer and contractor of Ashtabula county, Ohio, being placed by Mr. Hewit in charge of sewer construction and serving as assistant engineer on design of municipal improvements. In the fall of 1911 he came to Wyoming, establishing his home iii Cody, where he opened an office and took up the practice of his profession on his own account. Since his arrival here he has been identified with several engineering projects of major importance. He superintended the building of a tunnel eleven hundred and thirty feet long of the Cody canal and also had charge of the construction of the head gate of the canal and other permanent and important structures which attest his superior professional skill and ability. In 1912 he was elected to the office of county surveyor of Park county and is now serving in that position for the third term, his reelections being incontrovertible proof of the confidence which the public places in his ability. He specializes in his practice in irrigation and drainage work and is now acting as engineer of the drainage districts, located at Penrose, Byron and Cowley. He is constantly studying and reading along professional' lines and his investigation and research work as well as his broadening experience have gained him very high rank among the civil engineers of the state, his skill being attested in the fact that he has been admitted as an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
On the 5th of November, 1911, Mr. Bell was married to Miss Nelle Thompson, of Coshocton, Ohio, and to them has been born a daughter, Betty Jane. Mr. Bell has membership in Phi Gamma Delta, a Greek letter society. He also belongs to Shoshone Lodge, No. 21, A. F. & A. M., of which he is master. Mrs. Bell is a graduate of the Ohio State University, as is her husband, having won her degree in Domestic Science as a member of the class of 1911. She belongs to the Red Cross Society at Cody and both Mr. and Mrs. Bell are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church, taking an active interest in all those things which have to do with public progress and improvement leading to the material development of the state and the utilization of its natural resources and all those interests which have to do with upholding and supporting public spirited projects.