|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1876|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 1968|
"Pioneer" Engineer Is 90 Years Old
"My mother lived to be 97, and I guess I just inherited some of her living strength," said Oscar Piper, former assistant Seattle city engineer on his 90th birthday anniversary today.
Piper, who lives at the Arden Nursing Home, was born in Seattle and graduated from Broadway High School. He was graduated from the University of Washington in 1897.
He then joined the Army Engineers, and helped build fortifications at Port Townsend and at the approaches to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton.
In 1904 Piper surveyed areas of the Klondike River and the land around Coldfoot, a mining town in Alaska.
He helped plan the canal from Lake Washington to Lake Union and the Ballard Locks site.
Piper worked as a civil engineer for the city for ten years beginning in 1907.
In 1917 Piper went overseas as a major in the Army Engineers and was in France for two years. He then returned to civil work in Seattle until the Second World War, when he went back into the Army to supervise construction of fortifications approaching Olympic Peninsula sites.
While working for the State Highway Department, Piper was responsible for the revision of the original plans for a two-lane highway between Seattle and Tacoma into a four-lane thoroughfare.
"With some improvements, of course," said Piper, " it's stayed the same way ever since."
He has been married three times. His third wife died in 1959.
Seattle Daily Times -- Seattle, King County, Washington -- July 13, 1966 -- Wednesday -- Page 4.
Oscar A. Piper, of 1535 N. W. Market St., age 91, April 7. Stepfather of James G. Llewellyn, Seattle. Uncle of Mrs. Martha Kriecsel, Keysport. One step-granddaughter. Veteran of World War I. Member of Ballard Elks No. 827. Memorial Services Thursday 1 p.m. Mittelstadt Chapel.
Seattle Daily Times -- Seattle, King County, Washington -- April 9, 1968 -- Tuesday -- Page 53.
OSCAR A. PIPER
Memorial services for Oscar A. Piper, 91, of 1535 N.W. Market St., a Seattle pioneer, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Mittelstadt chapel. There was cremation. He died Sunday in a nursing home.
Mr. Piper, a lifelong Seattle resident, graduated from the University of Washington in 1897. He was a founder of the Seattle Cadets, a program for Police Department trainees.
In 1904 Mr. Piper was a surveyor along the Klondike River in Alaska. From 1907 until 1917 he was a civil engineer for the City of Seattle and helped plan the Ballard Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. He was a member of the Elks.
Surviving is a stepson James G. Llewellyn, Seattle.
Seattle Daily Times -- Seattle, King County, Washington -- April 9, 1968 -- Tuesday.
Andrew W. Piper (1828 - 1904)
Minna Piper (1835 - 1930)
Maude Dakota Flesher Piper (1883 - 1938)*
Laura May Lynn Piper (1880 - 1959)*
Washington. Major 129 Engineers. World War I. July 13, 1876 - April 7, 1968.
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