The origins of Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett, Inc. trace back to the year 1889, which rested between the American Civil War and World War I, where the primary means of short-distance transportation was achieved by using a horse and carriage, North Dakota became the 39th state, and Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States.
It was during this year that Thomas Lockwood established a small Brooklyn-based engineering business. Success and growth allowed Lockwood to take on a partner in 1900, Cletus Kessler, to manage the engineering and drafting section of the company. While business progressed and advances were being made, Fredrick Bartlett had established his own small surveying business in the 1890’s, working closely over the years with Lockwood and Kessler.
During the Great Depression, Mr. Lockwood retired and sold his interest in the company to Fredrick’s son, Ford Bartlett (1934). Although many medium sized firms throughout the nation closed their doors for good, Bartlett and Kessler maintained operations and successfully incorporated their company, Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett, Inc. (LKB).
LKB surged through and continued operations by working for federal agencies, most notably the Public Works Administration. During this time, LKB also became involved in local public works agencies on Long Island, an example being the Long Island State Park Commission. Services offered at LKB were predominantly civil engineering, surveying, and mapping.