Scope and Content
Title: Fred. C. Scobey Papers,
Date (bulk): bulk 1914-1953
Collection number: SCOBEY
Scobey, Fred. C. (Frederick Charles), 1880-1962
Extent: ca. 2 linear ft. (4 boxes)
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[Identification of item], Fred. C. Scobey Papers, SCOBEY, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California,
Strawberry Creek Culvert (Calif.)
Rio Grande Joint Investigation
Fred Charles Scobey, the son of Orland B. and Helen (Strong) Scobey, was born in
Greensburg, Ind., on January 20, 1880. He attended the University of Colorado (Boulder)
in 1898 and 1899, Stanford University (Calif.) in 1900 and 1901, and the University of
California (Berkeley) from 1918 to 1921. He was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science
in civil engineering, "with distinction," by Stanford University in 1931.
From 1901 through 1906, Mr. Scobey held positions as draftsman and computer in the City
Engineer's Office, Denver, Colo. (1901); officeman, later draftsman and topographer, with
the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. (1902); officeman with the Union Pacific Railroad (1904);
and officeman in the Chief Engineer's office of the St. Louis Rocky Mountain and Pacific
Railroad, Raton, New Mexico (1904-1906). From 1906 to 1911, Mr. Scobey worked as office
engineer for E.D. Shepard and Co., Raton, N.M.; as superintendent of Raton Water-Works,
Raton Ice Co., and Raton Fuel Co.; as superintendent of construction for the Nevada
Construction Co.; as office engineer for the San Luis Southern Railroad, Blanca, Colo.;
as irrigation engineer for Imperial Water Companies Nos. 1-4-5-7-8, in Imperial Valley,
Calif.; and as special agent for the U.S. Census Bureau's Census of Irrigation, Colo.
In 1911, Mr. Scobey accepted the position of irrigation engineer with the Department of
Agriculture. He began work on the determination of the carrying capacity of irrigation
canals and, later, of all types of conduits used in irrigation. He made field
measurements on all types of channels throughout the West to determine their friction
factors in Kutter's and Manning's formulas, and to determine the exponents for
exponential formulas for pipes. These studies were printed by the Department of
Mr. Scobey died on July 19, 1962.
Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Vol. 128,
Part V, 1963.
Scope and Content
Correspondence, reports, notes, and photographs, relating to pipelines, aqueducts,
irrigation systems, culverts, flow of water and capacity of pipes, conduits and sewers,
spillways, municipal water supply, and mapping techniques for Rio Grande Joint