Morris B. Parker biography

MORRIS B. PARKER, one of the firm of Parker & Parker, mining and consulting engineers of El Paso, is one of the more recent acquisitions to the life of this city, but has gained favorable regard as a representative of mining interest. He was born at Penn Yan, Yates county, New York, as was his brother, James H. Parker, who is his partner. These gentlemen both received thorough literary, scientific and technical training preparatory to the practice of their profession as mining and consulting engineers. Morris B. Parker studied at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and completed his mining engineering course in the Missouri School of Mines, at Rolla, Missouri. James H. Parker was a graduate of the College of Mines at Golden, Colorado, and of the mining engineering department of the Columbia College in New York City. Since finishing their education these brothers have lived in the west, or more particularly in the southwest mining country and have been identified with its interests in this direction since 1882, hence are thoroughly familiar with all of its phases.

For four years Morris B. Parker was mining superintendent of the Candelaria Mining Company, of Chihuahua, Mexico, was also mining superintendent for the copper mines of Phelps, Dodge & Company in Sonora, Mexico, this company being the great copper mine owners of Arizona and Old Mexico. In October, 1903, the brothers located permanently in El Paso as mining and consulting engineers under the firm style of Parker & Parker. They act as consulting engineers for different companies operating in the mining country tributary to El Paso and also handle mining positions and investments for eastern investors. In addition to this they operate mines of their own, having a placer gold proposition at Shandown, Mexico, a gold proposition in Sonora, Mexico, and a copper proposition in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Morris B. Parker is president of the International Miners’ Association of El Paso, Texas, an organization composed largely of mining engineers and mine owners, with its membership roll showing the names of bankers and prominent business men of El Paso, the Southwest and Mexico.

Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. I, pp. 474-475.