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Edwards, Geroge H., mayor, 3533 Harrison Boulevard

"Kansas City, Missouri, Its History and Its People 1800-1908" by Carrie Westlake Whitney. 1908.

George H. Edwards, president of the Edwards & Sloane Jewelry Company of Kansas City, was born in St. Louis in 1860. His education was acquired at the Princeton high school and the Illinois State Normal University, of which his father, Hon. Richard Edwards, (later state superintendent of schools of Illinois) was president. Our subject was thus equipped by liberal education for life´s practical and responsible duties. Throughout the period of his connection with business interests he has been associated with the jewelry trade. For ten years he traveled for eastern jewelry houses, becoming thoroughly acquainted with the manufactured product and with the business public. Desirous of engaging in business on his own account, he located in Kansas City in 1889, where he associated himself with S. D. Mills in the jewelry manufacturing business under the firm style of the S D. Mills Jewelry Company. On the death of Mr. Mills, in 1890, the business was acquired by Mr. Edwards and Mr. Sloane and the name was changed to the Edwards & Sloane Jewelry Company, since which time the business has been developed from an exclusive manufacturing business to a manufacturing and jobbing enterprise. For nineteen years he has continued in this line, his business continually developing with the growth of the west until the output is now extensive, the sales having long since reached a very profitable figure. Mr. Edwards is also connected with other interests and is of the directors of the Security National Bank of Kansas City.

As We See’ Em J.C. Braecklein
From As We See' Em; A Volume of Cartoons and Caricatures of Kansas Cityans, ca 1908.

Mr. Edwards is not unknown in connection with the public affairs of the city and in fact is one of the influential members of the republican party. In 1906 he was elected on that ticket a member of the upper house of the city council. In this connection he exercises his official prerogatives in support of practical and progressive public movements looking to the welfare and improvement of the city at the present time and in the future. While Mr. Edwards is a republican in national politics, he does not allow his party feelings to interfere in the conduct of the city´s business, voting for any measure which will redound to the city´s welfare.

In 1889 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Edwards and Miss Belle Dix, of Lawrence, Kansas, a daughter of one of the pioneers of that state, who as killed in the Lawrence raid in 1850. Her mother was afterward married to W. J. Flintom, one of the proprietors of the Lawrence Gazette. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Edwards have been born six children: George H., Jr., aged sixteen, attending Central high school; Lucille, aged fourteen, who is a student at Westport high school; Dix, aged eleven; and Bessie, aged nine, both attending the Irving school; Gertrude, aged five; and Grace, aged three.

Mr. Edwards belongs to the Commercial Club, the Evanston Golf Club and is an eighteenth degree Mason, affiliating with the Albert Pike Lodge. He is first vice president of the National Association of Wholesale Jewelers, which association is made up of the leading wholesale jewelers of the United States.