Lieut. Col. John Edwards. - As Ohio state secretary of the United Spanish American War Veterans Association,
and state secretary of the Thirty seventh Division Association, Lieut. Col. Edwards is among the most colorful
military figures in Ohio. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 1879, the son of James Edward and Eliza (Mourish)
James Edwards was born in Cornwall, England, as was his wife. They came to this country in 1875 and located at
Cleveland, Ohio, where Mr. Edwards spent the remainder of his life. He was employed in the mills. Mr. Edwards died
in 1918 and his wife died in 1883. Both are buried in Cleveland. They were the parents of the following children:
Minnie, married M. H. Clarkson, lives at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; John, the subject of this sketch; and Anna,
married Hugh Graham, deceased, and she lives in Cleveland.
John Edwards received his education in the public schools of Cleveland. He enlisted in Cleveland, February 17,
1899, in Battery G, Sixth United States Artillery, and served on the Islands of Panay, Cebu and Luzon. He was discharged
from the service February 16, 1902, at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming, and again enlisted in the First Ohio Engineers
at Cleveland, Ohio, on November 30, 1913. He was promoted to sergeant on December 1, 1913. He was discharged June
22, 1916, to accept a commission as second lieutenant in the First Ohio Engineers, and served in that capacity
on the Mexican border from September, 1916, until March, 1917. He was promoted to first lieutenant of the Engineers
on August 6, 1917, and on December 21, 1917, he was commissioned as captain of the One Hundred and Twelfth United
States Engineers, where he served as captain and supply officer of the 112th Engineers at Montgomery, Alabama,
and Camp Lee, Virginia. He sailed for overseas on June 21, 1918, and arrived in France on July 5, 1918. He returned
to the United States on April 1, 1919, and was discharged at Camp Sherman, Ohio, on September 3, 1919.
Mr. Edwards was appointed captain in the Quartermaster Corps, Ohio National Guard, September 15, 1919. On May 25,
1922, he was appointed as a major in the Ordnance Department of the Ohio National Guard, and on April 27, 1925,
he was appointed a major in the Ordnance Reserve. He was recently appointed lieutenant colonel, state staff and
Lieut. Col. Edwards is a member of Garretson Camp No. 4, United Spanish War Veterans and was assistant adjutant
general during 1924 and 1930. He served as assistant department adjutant in 1921-22-23-25, and as department adjutant
in 1926-27-28-29 and 30.
On December 31, 1917, Lieut. Col. Edwards married Miss Edna Mabel Langham, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have
a son, Jack, born January 8, 1919.
Mr. Edwards is a member of Emmanuel Lodge No. 605, F. & A. M., Scioto Consistory, thirty second degree, and
Achbar Grotto. He holds membership in the Episcopal Church. The family residence is located at 603 Binns Bolevard,
Columbus. Lieut. Col. Edwards has been a resident of Columbus since 1916.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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