|Back of photo is written (in Percy's handwriting, I believe): "W. U. P. - 1895. Engineering School"|
See Matrilineal Monday: Grandmother's family for images of Percy's family in the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census. The detail from the 1900 Census shows that he was listed as a Civil Engineer.
|Detail of Percy E. Hunter in 1900 U.S. Federal Census|
I found some Pittsburgh City Directories online at Don's List and found Percy E. Hunter in both 1898 and 1900, where is listed as a civil engineer at City Hall, A[llegheny], with his home on Broadway.
|From the 1900 Pittsburgh / Allegheny City Directory|
The 1910 Census shows that he was a Manufacturer at the Iron & Steel Works.
The heading of the following census column is: "Working as employer, employee or working on own account." Percy is noted as "Empl." I believe this indicates employer, as the following column is titled "If an employee, whether out of work on 15 April 1910 and number of weeks out of work during 1909" and these are blank for Percy.
|Detail of Percy E. Hunter in 1910 U.S. Federal Census|
|From the 1914 Pittsburgh City Directory|
See My mother's mother's family in 1920 for images of Percy's family in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census. Detail from this Census shows that Percy is the President of "Bridge Co." From the City Directories (images above), I can see that it is the Independent Bridge Company where he works.
|Detail of Percy E. Hunter in 1920 U.S. Federal Census|
|Percy's occupation in 1920 U.S. Federal Census|
|from the Annual report of the Commissioner of Patents for the year 1917.|
|from the Annual report of the Commissioner of Patents for the year 1919.|
|from the Annual report of the Commissioner of Patents for the year 1920.|
|from the Annual report of the Commissioner of Patents for the year 1925.|
The Independent Bridge Company was hired by the city of Pittsburgh to build the Liberty Bridge, completed in 1928, over the Monongahela River. HistoricBridges.org (a neat website if you like pictures and information about bridges all over the U.S.) has a page about this bridge. According to his death notice and family stories, he invented safety railings for bridges, but I'm still trying to find more details about that.
In the 1930 census he is again President of "Bridge Co." (See Why can't I find Grandfather in 1930 for the image of all of Percy's family in 1930.)
|Detail of Percy E. Hunter in 1930 U.S. Federal Census|
|From the 1930 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|From GenealogyBank: Seattle Times, May 26, 1937|
My descent from Percy Earle Hunter and Marguerite Lysle > Helen Lysle Hunter > My mother > me.