Member Biography

Harold C. Bingham

(1889.08.07 - ?)
Commission #040 (1912.04.15)

Born in Denver, Colorado of Canadian parents in 1889. The family moved back to Ontario in 1885 where in 1910, Mr. Bingham graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation he settled in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, working for the City of Moose Jaw as an engineer for one year and then transferring to the Department of Public Works. In 1912 he ventured into private practice and obtaining various commissions as a Land Surveyor.

1912 -- Saskatchewan Land Surveyor

1914 -- Dominion Land Surveyor

1918 -- Dominion Topographical Surveyor

Mr. Bingham was one of about thirty land surveyors in Canada to receive the high distinction of obtaining a commission as a Topographical Surveyor.

Quoting from the book "Saskatchewan and It's People", published in 1914.

He has built up an excellent practice as a surveyor and made a reputation for accuracy and reliability that is an invaluable asset to him in the continuance of his Professional work. Many consider him one of the most promising of the younger men of the city.

Mr. Bingham became President of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association in 1929. He performed many mineral claim surveys in southern Saskatchewan during the 1920's being primarily sodium sulphate claims near Channel Lake, Bienfait, Old Wives Lake and other areas of Saskatchewan. He also surveyed hard rock claims in the North.

I recall Mr. Bingham visiting the Chief Surveyors office in Regina as being a very tall and polite person. Mr. and Mrs. Bingham had one daughter who lived at Brier Creek, Saskatchewan.

He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a Mason, member of the Rotary club in Moose Jaw and in the 1920,2 was a member of Council for the City of Moose Jaw for at least three years. I understand he was a liberal in political views.

I was unable to locate a photograph of Mr. Bingham or find out when he died.

J.H. Webb S.L.S. (LM) June, 2000