From the Rutland Daily Herald, July 23, 1903:
Henry O. Edson of Church street was instantly killed yesterday afternoon in a barn near the "Notch," which was struck by lightning.
Mr. Edson started yesterday morning, accompanied by his brother, Alonzo Edson, for the "Notch" for the purpose of gathering berries. During the rain storm which occurred yesterday afternoon Mr. Edson and his brother went into the barn for shelter. They had been there some time, when Mr. Edson went to the door to look out and was killed by a stroke of lightning and his brother stunned and knocked down.
Alonzo Edson recovered after a short time and walked to the house of Mr. Page, who lives a short distance from the barn, and told him of the accident. Mr. Page notified Mr. Pierce, rural free delivery carrier, who brought word of the affair to Clarence Edson of this city, Mr. Edson's son, who immediately left for the scene of the accident to bring the body home. The body was brought to this city about 12 o'clock last night.
Mr. Edson was born in Mendon in October, 1840. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Otis Edson, his father at that time being one of the leading physicians of the state.
Mr. Edson entered the army at the age of 21 and was in 68 engagements during the civil war, serving three years and two months in the 1st Vermont cavalry. Following that time he served one year in the quartermaster's department.
After he left the army he came to this city and engaged in the lumber business with his uncle, under the firm name of M. & H.O. Edson. That firm continued in business until the death of his uncle, Melzer Edson, in 1887. After his uncle's death Mr. Edson carried on the business himself until 1900, when he retired.
Mr. Edson held many public offices during the time this city was a town and also after it became a city. He served as selectman of the town of Rutland and was school trustee before it became a city for 19 years. He was also school commissioner after the city received its charter for three terms, or nine years. He was at one time a director of the Clement bank and the State Trust company, and also treasurer of the New England Life Insurance company for a number of years prior to the time it went out of existence.
Mr. Edson was a past commander of the Roberts post, Grand Army of the Republic, and an active member of the Baptist church.
Besides his brother and son he is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. H.C. Carpenter of this city and Mrs. Eugene Brown of Medford, Mass.
Co. H., 1st VT Cavalry
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