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THOMAS WILLIAM SYMONS - (1849-1920) - Army Engineer, born
Kaeseville, Essex County, New York. Graduated at West
Point 1874. In charge (1876) of war department surveys of
West - Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. As
Chief engineer, Department of Columbia, (1879-82) made
survey of Columbia River from boundary line to mouth. In
1883, made U.S. Survey of Mexican boundary. 1885 to 89, in
charge of river and harbor inprovements in Portland
district. In 1896 was promoted to Major.