WILLIS D. P. WARREN, a county surveyor of Macoupin county and prominently known in Illinois as a civil engineer of demonstrated ability, is a native of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, born December 19, 1882. At the age of eight years he became a resident of Texas and after securing a common school education in the Denton high school, from which he was graduated in 1899, he became a student in the engineering department of the University of Texas. He was graduated from that institution in 1906 with the degree of C. E. He was made a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity while at the university and was one of the organizers of the famous "Hickey Club".
In 1902 and 1903 Mr. Warren assisted in the location and construction of railways in Texas, Indian Territory, Arkansas and Illinois, thus receiving an introduction to a line of work for which he has shown special talent. He was appointed resident engineer of the Illinois Traction System in 1905 and placed in charge of railroad construction work south of Bloomington. In July of the year following he took charge of the construction work of the system west of Bloomington and acted as resident engineer on eighteen miles of line, also having charge of the construction of two subways in Bloomington, under the Chicago & Alton and Lake Erie & Western Railways respectively. In 1907 he was engineer on heavy construction work between Lincoln and Mackinaw and was in charge of the construction of two subways at Mackinaw and of the overhead crossing near Minier.
From April, 1908, to April, 1910, Mr. Warren was located at Gillespie, Macoupin county, as chief engineer of the Superior Coal Company, having the task assigned of organizing an engineering force to handle the large mines of the company and also fo equipping an office in which could be gathered the engineering data so important in the development of a large coal field. In 1910 he settled at Carlinville and shortly afterwards in the same year was elected county surveyor of Macoupin county, a position which he has since filled. Upon coming to Carlinville he entered into partnership with S. T. Morse under the title of The Morse-Warren Engineering Company, of which he is an active member. During the winter of 1910-1911 he was engaged in compiling and publishing a new county atlas which was issued by The Morse-Warren Engineering Company and is pronounced the best atlas of the kind that has as yet been published. Since the spring of 1911 he has served very acceptably as city engineer of Carlinville, under appointment by the new mayor.
In May, 1908, Mr. Warren as married to Miss Anna Funk, of Bloomington, Illinois, who has proved indeed a sympathetic and helpful companion. As county surveyor he has faithfully performed his duty, evincing an interest in the work and an energy and effectiveness in meeting the wants of taxpayers, which have elicited the warmest approval. He has made a careful study of the resources of Macoupin county and is of the opinion that this county has greater possibilities of development in the immediate future than any other county of the state. On this account and also because of business and social ties he has selected Macoupin county as his permanent abode.