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Name: Dorr, Edgar Sutton, 1854-1937

Historical Note: Edgar Sutton Dorr (1854-1937) was a Boston engineer who worked for the municipal government in the sewer department in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  He graduated from MIT in 1875.  In 1891, he became the chief engineer of the Boston Sewer department.  While in this position he oversaw the Stony Brook improvement and eventual suppression.  The Stony Brook was a stream running through Jamaica Plain that had originally been the site of numerous breweries.  As development increased, however, periodic flooding became a significant nuisance.  In the 1880’s the city embarked on an improvement project to deepen and straiten the channel.  When this work failed to stop the flooding, the brook was buried completely and integrated into the city’s sewer system. Dorr’s father was Edward Reed Dorr and his mother was Eliza Ann Pitman.  In 1892, he married Nettie Wyer and they had three daughters Hazel, Dorothy, and Phyllis.

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