Ray Hurlburt began his surveying career in 1935 while working with a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew. It was during this time, he met David Blencoe, the County Surveyor for Jackson County. Mr Blencoe took an interest in Ray and spent much time mentoring the young surveyor. Following Mr. Blencoe’s death in 1953, Ray went into business as a surveyor in private practice. He was also appointed to replace Mr. Blencoe as the Jackson County Surveyor, serving in this capacity on a part-time basis until 1980. Ray was among the first surveyors to be licensed in the State of Wisconsin in 1956 and was also one of the first members of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyor (WSLS). He was very active in this organization, serving on its board of directors for several years and as its president in 1968. Through WSLS, he was instrumental in getting legislation passed to require all surveyors to record their surveys and legislation to require land taken by adverse possession to be properly described. Ray never retired. He continued to remain interested and involved in the profession as much as his health would allow until his passing in 1991.