Purcell, Charles H.
- E. A. Kral
Purcell, Charles H. (27 January 1883–07 September 1951), civil engineer and highway executive, was born Charles Henry Purcell in North Bend, Nebraska, a son of John Purcell, a grain merchant, and Mary Gillis. Despite his father's untimely death, the family remained in North Bend, where Charles attended the public schools, and was among only four graduates in 1900. Indecision about his future after one year at the University of Nebraska led him to Chicago the following year, where he was employed by the Bemis Bag Company and later the Grain Pit. After studying structural engineering at Stanford University for one semester, he transferred to the University of Nebraska in February 1903 following his mother's death. He studied at the university's Industrial College under such distinguished professors as ...