Ellis Sylvester

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Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough was born in Baltimore, Maryland back in 1813 to Isaac and Phrania. He quit school when he was nine going to work in mercantile houses around the Baltimore area. His father became a surveyor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1828, when Ellis started working for him.

He moved to Pennsylvania in 1830 as a surveyor for the Allegheny Portage Railroad. During the Panic of 1837 he tried his hand at farming, which did not suit him. He moved to Boston where he helped to build the Cochituate Aqueduct. In 1855, he was appointed engineer for the City of Chicago. He died in 1886, he was 72.

What you may not know about Ellis is that he is credited with the design of the Chicago sewer system, it was the first comprehensive sewer system in the United States. He also designed the first water crib in Chicago and the water distribution system. That system is on the National Register of Historic Places. His new system also featured innovations such as manhole covers.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray city/town water and sewer are the gems of every community.... big bonus for all.... I wouldn't buy a property without town water and town sewer....  

Jun 15, 2019 03:04 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

That system certainly supplied lots of employment for people as well !

Jun 15, 2019 04:52 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Chicago has a great sewer and water system, as ancient as it is! Enjoy your day!

Jun 15, 2019 04:56 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I am amazed by someone without education coming up with these things.

Jun 15, 2019 05:25 AM #4
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Very important to the health of people and creating infrastructure to support cities.

Jun 15, 2019 05:31 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Sewer systems are something we take for granted.  Nice of you to enlighten us with the creator of this.  A

Jun 15, 2019 05:46 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A good system helps a community.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 15, 2019 05:48 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Now that sure helped remove some sewage from the streets. He was busy guy.

Jun 15, 2019 06:04 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - a tremendous feature for any community.  And thanks to you I know a little more about its creator.  

Jun 15, 2019 06:08 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I forgot his name but I have read about the Chicago innovation before.

Jun 15, 2019 06:31 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - that is certainly an accomplishment.  We have some amazing water system infrastructures in this country.  In addition to Chicago, New York has an amazing one.

Jun 15, 2019 06:55 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I had to look up "water crib".  Now I know what one does! I have been to the Historic Water Tower many times and I am sure Ellis was involved with the design and implementation. 

Jun 15, 2019 08:22 AM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

People who worked on city septic systems are the unsung heroes of the day. Such a necessary project below for the city to flourish above.

Jun 15, 2019 02:04 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I do wonder who thinks of these things. 

Jun 15, 2019 05:29 PM #14
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