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.