Edwards, William C., was born in London, England, January 16, 1851, a son of the late Richard H. Edwards. He was educated in the public schools of Buffalo, N. Y., whence his parents had removed in 1851, and when fifteen years of age began learning the hardware business, which he followed for eleven years. In 1877 he entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad Company as a freight brakeman and worked up to the position of passenger conductor, in which capacity he served until 1888, when he entered the insurance business in which he is still actively and successfully engaged. February 11, 1883, he married Carrie A. Widener of Holly, N. Y., and they have one child, Albertina G. Mr. Edwards is a member of Niagara Frontier Lodge No. 785, F. & A. M., of Niagara Chapter No. 200, R. A. M., and is one of the charter members of Niagara Commandery No. 64, K. T. He is also a member of Ismailia Shrine of Buffalo, A. A. O. N. M. S. He has been a member of Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, of Niagara Falls since 1889, and has been secretary of the Fire Department since 1893 and treasurer since 1892.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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