|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1863|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 1942|
Edgar James Helms was the son of William Sands and Lerona Kesaih Sherwin Helms. He was born Jan. 19, 1863, in a small lumber camp in upstate New York. His father was superintendent of the camp, and his mother, Lerona, was the camp's cook.
As a small boy he moved with his parents by covered wagon to a farmstead near Nashua, Iowa and then on to the Spirit Lake/Okoboji where Edgar grew up with his sisters and brother.
Edgar went to work for the Spirit Lake Beacon and later co-published two newspapers. He graduated from Cornell with a degree in Philosopy and from Boston University's Theological School with a degree in Theology.
He married Eugenia Preston in 1892 in Sac City, Iowa, and to them three children were born; Pauline, Ruth and William. Eugenia died in 1900. In 1902 Edgar married Grace Preston, Eugenia's sister, and to them nine more children were born; James, Rollin, Lerona, Eugenia, Phoebe, Henry, Sherwin, Edgar and Robert.
As a minister in the poorest districts of Boston, MA, Rev. Helms created what would later become Goodwill Industries in 1902.
Edgar James Helms died 23 Dec 1942, in Boston.
William Sands Helms (1827 - 1905)
Lerona Kesiah Sherwin Helms (1827 - 1918)
Grace P Helms (1879 - 1950)*
Eugenia F. Preston Helms (1863 - 1900)*
Mary Alzina Helms McFarland (1855 - 1942)*
Ida Estelle Savage (1858 - 1938)*
Edgar James Helms (1863 - 1942)
William Wallace Helms (1866 - 1939)*
Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
Plot: Columbarium - Chapel of Virtues, niche West 5 D
Created by: DeAnna
Record added: Feb 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105131832