Los Angeles County
WILLIAM M. THOMAS
THOMAS, WILLIAM M., Consulting Engineer, Los Angeles, Cal., was born in St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 7, 1877, the son of Major John S. Thomas and Ellen C. Thomas. He married Cecilia J. Feenan, of Hollywood, Cal., Oct. 3, 1912. His father, a successful architect, builder and inventor, with more than fifty patented products to his credit, held a commission under Leland Stanford, Governor of California.
Mr. Thomas received his preliminary education in public schools of St. Louis and Chicago, attending Jesuit College, Chicago, and studied Architecture at the Art Institute and Art Acamedy (sic) Chicago.
As architect for the Terminal R. R. Assín of St. Louis, he had charge of the designing and architectural dept. of their great $20,000,000 terminal. Upon its completion Mr. Thomas became Structural Engineer for the Southern Pacific R. R. At Tucson, Ariz., and later was Bridge Inspector and Asst. Engineer of the S. P. Mexican lines.
In 1906 he moved to California and as Engineer for John Martin, Pres. of the Pacific Coast Light & Power Co., designed and built at Santa Cruz, Cal., the first bridge of the "Thomas System" in California. In 1908 he formed a partnership with W. S. Post, a well-known engineer of Southern California, locating in Los Angeles. Thomas & Post have since designed and built many structures under the "Thomas System," among them a bridge at Oceanside, Cal., another at the San Lucas Crossing of the Santa Ynez River, in Santa Barbara County, and one at Bakersfield, Cal., 1050 feet in length.
Although Mr. Thomas is best known for his bridge construction, he has invented other practical building methods, among them the Thomas Floor System. He has eleven other patents granted or pending, pertaining to concrete construction.
Mr. Thomas is an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Transcribed 6-22-11 Marilyn R. Pankey.
Source: Press Reference Library, Western Edition Notables of the West, Vol. I,† Page 778, International News Service, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta.† 1913.
© 2011 Marilyn R. Pankey.