Biography of William A. Edwards
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM ARTHUR EDWARDS is one of the leading contractors and builders in the City of Lakewood, in the metropolitan district of Cleveland, and is a prominent figure in connection with banking and other business enterprises in this district of Cuyahoga County.

On the paternal homestead farm, in Brookfield Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, William A. Edwards was born April 14, 1875, a son of Benjamin and Mary (Morgan) Edwards, both of whom were born in Wales, and both of whom were children at the time of the immigration of the respective families to the United States, the home of each family having been established in Ohio. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Edwards was solemnized in Delaware County, this state, and thereafter they established their home in Trumbull County, where Mr. Edwards became a substantial farmer and influential citizen of Brookfield Township, where the mother died in 1898, aged forty seven years, and the father died in 1902, aged sixty three years.

The activities and influences of the home farm compassed the childhood and early youth of William A. Edwards, and his early education was gained in the public schools at Brookfield, including the high school. He made thereafter a record of several years of successful teaching in the district schools, and while still on the home farm he gained much technical skill as a carpenter. In 1901 he engaged in the work of the carpenter trade at Sharon, Pennsylvania, and he continued his activities along this line until he established his residence at Lakewood, Ohio, in 1910, and engaged independently in contracting and building, as senior member of the firm of W. A. Edwards & Co., which has played a large and prominent part in the material development of this district. At Lakewood the firm has erected many private houses, factory and business buildings, and it is the leading contracting concern in its line in the Lakewood district, with a substantial and representative business.

Mr. Edwards was one of the organizers and the first vice president of the Detroit Avenue Savings & Loan Bank, continuing that office as one of the organizers and is the president of the Service Mortgage Company of Lakewood and is president of the Guaranteed Discount Company, in the organization of which he took a prominent part, as did he also in the organizing of the Newbridge Realty Company, of which likewise he is the president. Mr. Edwards is a past master of Clifton Lodge, No. 664, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is affiliated also with the local chapter of York Rite Masonry, as well as Holy Grail Commandery of Knights Templar, and of Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine, while in Lake Erie Consistory of the Scottish Rite he has received the thirty second degree. He is a valued and progressive member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood, as well as of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and he holds membership also in the Lakewood Hunt Club.

June 19, 1910, recorded the marriage of Mr. Edwards to Miss Claire Bidaman, who was born at Sharon, Pennsylvania, a daughter of William H. and Clara (Hull) Bidaman. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards have one daughter, Laura Margaret, who was graduated in the Lakewood High School, and thereafter was for two years a student in the conservatory of music at Oberlin College, and who is now a student in Mount Holyoke College, South Haddon, Massachusetts.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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