|HON. H. D. EDMONDS.|
Hon. H. D. Edmonds, a member of the state senate of
Wyoming and thus closely identified with the work of establishing the
policy of the state, promoting its upbuilding and advancing its
political interests, is actuated in all that he does by a spirit of
determination that brooks no obstacles that can be overcome by
persistent and earnest effort. Forceful and resourceful, he is
proving a valued factor in the public life of the state and with the
business interests of his community he has also been prominently and
He was born in Jefferson county, Kansas, November 21, 1878, a son of Mathew and Cynthia (Level) Edmonds, the former a native of Wales, whence he came to the new world with his parents in his childhood. Mrs. Edmonds is a native of Missouri. The parents of Mathew Edmonds settled in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, soon after reaching the new world. There Mathew Edmonds attained his majority and engaged in freighting for the government during the Civil war from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Scott. Following the close of hostilities he purchased a tract of land from the Union Pacific Railroad Company at McLouth, Kansas, on which he took up his abode and there resided to the time of his death, which occurred in February, 1914. He was a prominent and influential resident of that state and left the impress of his individuality upon its legislative history, serving as a member of the lower house of the Kansas legislature in 1878 and as a member of the senate in 1885. His widow is still living and yet occupies the old home place in the Sunflower state.
H. D. Edmonds pursued his education in the district schools near McLouth, Kansas, and at the age of twenty-two years became associated with the telephone business and organized the McLouth Independent Telephone Company, which system he coupled tip with other independent lines throughout the state. After four years he sold his lines and removed westward to Oregon, while later he became a resident of Spokane, Washington, where in 1905 he was appointed the first Ford automobile agent of that city. He remained in the coast country. however, for only about eighteen months, after which he returned to McLouth, Kansas, and organized the Union State Bank, of which he was made cashier. After eighteen months he sold his bank holdings and some time later removed to Wyoming, establishing his home in Garland. In the following February, when the Shoshone irrigation district was thrown open to settlement, he filed on the first claim and put in a stock of general merchandise, also establishing a lumberyard at Powell. He conducted the general store for about a yeas and the lumber business for about three years. The office building of the Yellowstone Lumber Company, which took over his business, is the oldest building in Powell and was erected by Mr. Edmonds. He has at different times been identified with the First State Bank and its successor, the Powell National Bank. He laid out the Edmonds addition to Powell about five years ago and has since disposed of the lots. With the substantial improvement and devolopment of the town he has been closely and actively identified. He has recognized the opportunities, which he has readily utilized, and his initiative spirit has brought forth good results for the benefit of the city as well as the upbuilding of his private fortunes.
In Kansas City, Missouri, in July, 19436, Mr. Edmonds was united in marriage to Miss Mae Wright, of Spokane, Washington, by whom he has two sons, Henry D. and Mathew W. Mrs. Edmonds is a member of the Episcopal church.
Mr. Edmonds' political endorsement is given to the republican party and in the November election of 1916 he was chosen to represent his district in the Wyoming state senate, in which he is now serving, giving thoughtful and earnest consideration to all the vital questions which come up for settlement and lending the aid of his weight and influence to all those measures which he deems of worth to the commonwealth at large.