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    James Richard Nichols Collection

    Jim Nichols, engineer Bob Nichols, Engineer Marvin C. Nichols, engineer Major Hawley, engineer Simon Freese, Engineer
    Summary: Donor, whose father, Marvin C. Nichols (1896-1969), was one of the founders of Fort Worth-based Freese and Nichols Consulting Engineers, donated a book about the company. Jim Nichols was named "Engineer of the Year" in 1983 by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers for his "outstanding achievement in technical and professional work and community involvement." The Fort Worth engineering firm was started by Major John B. Hawley in 1894 following his work on the Holly Water Treatment Plant in Fort Worth for a non-local firm. Simon Wilke Freese joined with Hawley in 1922 and regularly came into the office until near his death in 1990. He recalled travelling between Dallas and Fort Worth when there was only a dirt road. Marvin C. Nichols joined the firm in 1930. Images shown above from left to right are donor James R. Nichols, his brother Robert L. Nichols, their father, Marvin C. Nichols, the founder of the firm, Major John B. Hawley, and Simon W. Freese.
    • A Century in the Works: Freese and Nichols Consulting Engineers, 1894-1994 by Simon W. Freese, P. E. and Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore, 1994