TSPS: How/why did you get into surveying?
James: I was in engineering design with TxDOT from 1959 until retirement in 1993; I learned a lot concerning linear survey layout, etc. I did hand drafting for surveyors as a part-time job from 1971 until the CAD era. I was registered as a RPLS in 1983 and surveyed on Saturdays until I retired from TxDOT, after which a started my own business, Knox & Associates, and have been operating a sole proprietorship ever since. I suppose my training started my interest in the surveying profession as well as a love for the history of the progression of land ownership and the stories of how the "old timers" worked and accomplished the work.
TSPS: Why did you join TSPS?
James: I wanted to learn more about our profession and experience the camaraderie that surveyors enjoy.
TSPS: What is your most memorable surveying moment?
James: Over the years, because of extensive farming, a great percentage of original monuments have been lost or obliterated....when one is recovered and matches the record monument description, the adrenaline starts flowing. The witness trees for most of these are gone, due to extensive logging, but still, some are occasionally found. I have found some unusual monumentation: a.50 cal octagon rifle barrel, old bed rails, sections of railroad rail, shaped bois d'arc and pine-knot states, wagon thimbles, etc.
Animal: White-tailed deer
Singer: Buddy Holly
Hobbies: Coin collecting (I am president of the Texarkana Coin Club) and flint knapping