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JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact email@example.com. 674 WILLIAM HENRY EDGAR. 1839—1917. William H. Edgar was born September 10, 1839, at Bur- lington, Iowa. His father, Dr. William S. Edgar, was the son of William Edgar of Eahway, New Jersey. His mother, Lavinia Janes Edgar, was the daughter of Judge Janes of Pittsford, New York. Dr. Edgar was for many years a prominent physician in St. Louis, Missouri, later moving to Jacksonville, Illinois. William H. Edgar attended the public schools of Jack- sonville, Illinois, and was a graduate of Illinois College of that city, class of 1860-61. In the summer of 1861 he enlisted as a private in the Thirty-third Illinois Volunteers, and was, after some months, transferred to the Thirty-second Illinois Volunteers as second lieutenant. In 1867 he was admitted to the bar at Aurora, Illinois, but never practiced law, preferring journalism to the law. In 1868 he was city editor of the Daily Journal at Jacksonville, Illinois, and remained such until 1870, when he took charge of the Jerseyville (HI.) Eepublican, which he afterwards purchased and conducted until 1890. Mr. Edgar was well and favorably known in Jerseyville and throughout Jersey County. He was a brilliant scholar, a splendid writer, especially upon political topics, and was what would be termed one of the leaders of the Eepublican party in that section. He filled many places of honor and was always interested in the upbuilding of the communities in which he lived. In 1876 he was made a colonel on the staff of Governor CuUom. In 1880 he ran for Congress in the Twelfth Illinois dis- trict against General Singleton of Quincy, but the district being overwhelmingly Democratic, he was defeated. In 1881 he was appointed postmaster of Jerseyville by President Arthur and served four years, being succeeded by a Democrat. 675 In 1890 he leased the Pike Comity News at Louisiana, Missouri, and edited same for two years. In 1892 he moved to Beatrice, Nebraska, to take charge of the editorial depart- ment of the Beatrice (Neb.) Daily Express, and continued as editor until 1902. In 1900 he was elected State Senator from the Twenty- first Nebraska district and served two years. In 1902 he was commissioned postmaster of Beatrice, Nebraska, by President Roosevelt and served four years. In 1906 he moved to Chicago, where he was a member of George Meade Post No. 444, G. A. R. In 1890 he married Mrs. Mary E. Davis of Jerseyville, Illinois, daughter of Henry Beekman and Margaret Van Deventer Beekman, who were early Jersey County settlers. He was a gentleman of the old school, courteous, genial, of a happy disposition, a great lover of his home, a musician of rare ability, a scholar, and was deeply interested in the betterment of humanity. His death occurred at his home in Chicago, HI., December 14, 1917, after an illness of fifteen months' duration. Colonel W. H. Edgar, for twenty-six years publisher of the Jerseyville Republican, died at his residence, 6417 Har- vard Avenue, Chicago, Friday at the age of 78 years. The remains were brought to Jerseyville by Mrs. Edgar and daughter, Mrs. C. A. Bowman, and husband, and the funeral services were held Monday at the home of Elias Cock- rell, conducted by Rev. Mr. Neely of the Presbyterian Church. The pallbearers were Elias Cockrell, S. H. Bowman, M. A. Warren, Jett Kirby, L. M. Cutting and Ed. Cross. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Rev. Mr. Neely, Dr. J. G. Schwarz, Dr. J. 0. Rice and Paul Hamilton. A friend contributed the following sketch: *^ Another gentleman of the old school has passed from our midst. The group of friends that gathered around the bier of Colonel Edgar to pay their last tribute of appreciation could truthfully say * another gentleman of the old school has passed on.' ^ , , -, . . , i. **In days gone by the courtly demeanor and jovial greet- ing of Colonel Edgar added to the good fellowship in the community. Good fellowship lived in his heart to the very end. The colonel always loved the Jerseyville people. 676 ** While the activities of this man^s successful life form a long list containing many honors, the quality that brought the most joy to the community was a gift for music. The melo- dies that flowed from his fingers were as natural as bird notes. The melodies from the piano blended into other songs until many hours quickly passed. Thus will Colonel Edgar be remembered in Jerseyville. At his residence in Chicago he extended a cordial welcome to friends of earlier years, a welcome repeated by his wife, daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bowman, all of whom eased his declining years and gladdened his life by their loving service.''