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Secretary of the Board of Trustees

Lawrence University


Republican State Central Committee


Rhinelander Paper Co.

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History of Outagamie County - Part 15

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HON. EDWARD A. EDMONDS, a representative citizen of Appleton, Wisconsin, who is largely interested in lumber, timber, and paper manufacturing, was born at Mason, Michigan, May 2, 1868, and is a son of Rev. L. M. and Mary E. (Thorpe) Edmonds.

Edward A. Edmonds attended school in boyhood in various places in which the family lived according to the appointments of the Methodist Conference, and in 1885 he was graduated from the high school at White Pigeon, Michigan, going from there to Albion College, at Albion, Michigan, where he was graduated in 1889.In the summer of that year he went to Kaukauna, Wisconsin, and entered the employ of his brother-in-law, N. H. Brokaw, who built the fiber mill of the Kaukauna Fiber Company, of which Mr. Edmonds was made foreman in February, 1890.Afterward, in the same year, he accepted the superintendency of the mills of the Oconto Falls Manufacturing Company, of which Mr. Brokaw was manager, and resided at the Falls for the succeeding thirteen years, during ten years of this time being chairman of the town board, and in 1892 was elected to the General Assembly.In the fall of 1903, he moved to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where he became manager of the Rhinelander Paper Company, which during the following year built a paper and pulp plant.Mr. Edmonds remained in charge there for four years and then retired to Appleton, in 1907 purchasing a handsome residence on the corner of North and Durkee streets.His time is fully occupied in looking after his various business interests in the line above indicated, and in attending to the public duties incidental to the responsible positions to which he has at different times been appointed.In 1900 he was appointed a member of the board of regents of the State University, and served three years, and in December, 1910, was reappointed to the same office.He is also secretary of the board of trustees of Lawrence University.On November 17, 1896, Mr. Edmonds was married to Gertrude B. Cannon, a daughter of Leander and Charlotte (Boughton) Cannon.
Her parents were pioneers in Kalamazoo county, Michigan, coming to the state from New York, Mrs. Edmonds was born on her father's farm near Vicksburg, Michigan, and was one of five children.Mr. and Mrs. Edmonds have two children: Beatrice May, who was born May 15, 1900, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of her great-grandmother, Desire (Wolcott) Boughton; and Maxine Esther, born August 14, 1906.
Mr. and Mrs. Edmonds are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.Prior to 1893 Mr. Edmonds was a democrat in his political views, but since then has been an active republican and has served as chairman of the Republican State Central Committee.He is a thirty-second degree Mason and belongs also to the Elks.

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