Biography of W. Frank McVaugh
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W. FRANK MCVAUGH, In W. Frank McVaugh Madison County has one of her most promising young men, and one in whom the public has already shown a measure of confidence by electing him to the office of County surveyor in November, 1912. His previous record in the engineering profession, though necessarily brief, had been sufficiently praiseworthy to establish him as one of the coining men of the district, and the evidence thus far amply supports the judgment of those who called him to his present position.
Born in Huntsville, Indiana, on September 26, 1885, W. Frank McVaugh is the .son of Edward and Mary (Yerkes) McVaugh, both of whom are now residents of Pendleton, as is their son, the subject of this review, He is one of the four children born to his parents, and he was reared in and about Huntsville, in Fall Creek Township, receiving his education in the Pendleton public schools and in higher institutions of learning, He was graduated from the high school of Pendleton with the class of 1903 soon after which he entered Purdue University, where he took a three years’ course in Civil Engineering. He followed his University training with a season of employment with the Rock Island Railroad Company in Arkansas as a member of their engineering corps, and later was in the employ of the Kenefick, Hammond & Quigley Construction Company in Louisiana, In 1908 he returned to Purdue and there continued his engineering studies in that year, In 1909 he was with the Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad as bridge engineer, but continued with them for a short time only, His service there was followed by employment with the Overland Construction Company, and he was in their employ until April, 1910, when he returned to Indiana and entered the employ of the Big Four Railroad Company as civil engineer, continuing in that work until December 15, 1912, his work being confined to the Cleveland division.
In November, 1912, the election of Mr. McVaugh to the office of County engineer of Madison County came, and he assumed the duties of his office on January 1, 1913, as has already been mentioned.
Mr. McVaugh was united in marriage in May, 1909, to Miss Hazel V. Taylor, of Pendleton, where she was born on September 10, 1885. She is a graduate of the Pendleton high school in the class of 1904, and in 1906 was a student in Earlham College, later substituting in the public schools of Pendleton on the staff of instructors. She was one of the most popular -young women of her native town, and still retains her old place in the hearty esteem of her townspeople. One son has been born to Mr. and Mrs. McVaugh, born on September 27, 1910, and named William J., in honor of his father.
Mr. McVaugh is a Democrat, but has never taken any especially active parts in the political life of his community, Like his wife, he is popular and prominent in the town which has represented his home from birth, and enjoys the confidence of all.