Lee County Biography


J. Arthur Edwards, a well known ice dealer of Amboy and one of the most progressive and successful business men of that community, was born in Lee county, in the city where he now resides, October 28, 1871. He is a son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Saul) Edwards, the former of whom came to Illinois at an early date and opened the first livery stable in Amboy, this establishment having been in continuous operation from 1855 to the present time. The father was also a railroad contractor and aided in the construction of the Illinois Central, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and the Toledo & St. Louis Railroads. He was a stanch republican in his political beliefs and held many important public positions, serving during the Civil war as horse buyer for the government and being afterward sheriff of Lee county and county supervisor. He died in April, 1900, at the age of seventy-tT\'o. and is buried in the Prairie Repose cemetery. J. Arthur Edwards acquired his education in the Amboy public schools, which he attended until he was thirteen years of age. He then assisted his father in the livery business for some time, after which he was for four years fireman on the Illinois Central Railroad. He was afterward in the livery business with his brother for two years and at the end of that time turned his attention to his present occupation, his father having established the concern some years before. Mr. Edwards has now a large and representative patronage and conducts it successfully, for he is a business man of unusual energy and capacity. In Amboy, on the 4th of August. 1897, Mr. Edwards married Miss Mary Waters, a daughter of Arthur and Mary (Quirk) Waters, the former a railroad man and an earlv settler in Amboy.

Mr. Edwards makes his home in the house in which he was born, this being about fifty-five years old. Mr. Edwards is a democrat in his jDolitical beliefs and served for one term as marshal of Amboy. No public or private trust reposed in him has ever been neglected and his fidelity to honorble and upright principles has ever won hun the good-will and friendship of those with whom he has been brought in contact.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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