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Bio

Olenus Lee Sponsler
The Michigan Alumnus 65-77

Olenus Lee Sponsler, '08, who was recently appointed Junior Professor 
of Forestry in the University, was born June 17, 1879, at Akron, Ohio. 


He entered the University of Michigan with the class of 1908, receiving the
 degree of A.B. His further graduate study was pursued at the University of 
Nebraska, where he received the Master of Arts degree in Botany in 1912. 
In his senior year at the University of Michigan he was Assistant in 
Botany.

He became Assistant in Forestry the next year, but left in the
 middle of the school year to accept an appointment in the University of 
Nebraska as Adjunct Professor in Forestry and Botany. He was given the 
title of Associate Professor of Forestry, in charge of the Department, in
 1911, a position, which he held until the summer of 1912 when he resigned 
to come to Michigan.


Previous to entering the University, Professor Sponsler had held posi
tions with the American Car & Foundry Co., and the Fairbanks, Morse &
Co., as clerk, photographer and chemist. He had also engaged in work in
 lumber yards in Michigan, logging camps in British Columbia, and field
 work in Ohio, Idaho, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

His professional 
work has dealt especially with farm forestry in Ohio, Wisconsin, and
 Nebraska. He has written a few short articles on Dendrological characters 
of our deciduous trees, and on Forestry Educational matters, as well as 
review work for the Forestry Quarterly.