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Charles Henry "Henry" Edwards, Jr
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1875
Cheyenne
Laramie County
Wyoming, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 1907
Cheyenne
Laramie County
Wyoming, USA

On the evening of his 32nd birthday, Patrolman Henry Edwards was fatally stabbed with a knife through the right lung while on duty. Henry was a 2 year veteran of the Cheyenne Police Department who wore Badge 13. Following brief hospitalization, he died 4 days later at the home of his father and was buried from the First Methodist Church.

Besides his father, Henry was survived by a bride of 2 days, a son, brother William, and sisters Bessie Mathews and Annie Davidson.

Henry's assailant, Ray H. Pressler, was involved in an altercation at the Senate Saloon where he first brandished his knife. Henry responded and gave foot chase. Pressler turned and stabbed. The chase continued into a nearby restaurant when Henry was able to subdue and place Pressler under arrest before collapsing to the floor and receiving attention.

Pressler, married with children, had a history of transience and arrests for intoxication, public disturbances, and spousal abuse. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to a maximum of 35 years in the Wyoming Penitentiary. He was released after serving about 11 years.

Of Henry, the Cheyenne newspaper eulogized: "Officer Edwards was one of the bravest and most efficient patrolmen…and the greatest admiration is felt for his…following up and capturing the fugitive after he had been wounded… He was justly popular among a large circle of acquaintances in the city among whom his death has caused the deepest regret…"

Before Henry, another police officer had worn it 7 years, he was also wounded but survived his injuries and lived another 4 years and died from an unrelated illness.

Originally submitted by: Clint Black, Aug, 2011

Badge 13 is in the process of being officially retired as of April 2012.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charles Henry Edwards (1838 - 1908)
  Lucy Anna Thurston Edwards (1846 - 1877)
 
 Spouses:
  Loretta Fisher Anderson (____ - 1931)*
  Grace Winifred Hayford Edwards (1876 - 1901)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Henry Edwards (1897 - 1977)*
  Infant Edwards (1901 - 1901)*
  Infant Edwards (1901 - 1901)*
 
 Siblings:
  Bessie Baker Edwards Matthews (____ - 1934)*
  Mary Ann Edwards Davidson (1868 - 1936)*
  Charles Henry Edwards (1875 - 1907)
  William Cleveland Edwards (1877 - 1933)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lakeview Cemetery
Cheyenne
Laramie County
Wyoming, USA
Plot: Lakeview Cemetery, Lot 1202 A
 
Maintained by: Lostnwyomn
Originally Created by: Amelia Christy
Record added: Feb 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17814631
Charles Henry Henry Edwards, Jr
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Charles Henry Henry Edwards, Jr
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This is my great-grandfather :-)
- amanda edwards
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