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Rev Edgar James Helms
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1863
Franklin County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 23, 1942
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

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. 
Family links: 
  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)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
Jamaica Plain
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Columbarium - Chapel of Virtues, niche West 5 D
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Record added: Feb 13, 2013
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