Judge Joseph Longacre Edwards

Judge Joseph Longacre Edwards

Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
Death 16 Jul 1899 (aged 64)
Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Orig. 107- 5
Memorial ID 75571808 · View Source
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Married to Sarah A. Ball Oct. 23, 1862 in Pawnee County, NE.

(Table Rock Argus, Aug. 3, 1899 from the Pawnee Republican. Posted courtesy of the Table Rock Historical Society.)

Death of Joseph L. Edwards

Joseph L. Edwards was born June 10, 1835, died July 16, 1899, aged 64 years, 1 month and 6 days.

Judge Edwards was born in Sullivan County Tennessee. When fifteen years of age, his parents moved to Iowa, leaving the subject of this sketch behind to complete his education, after which he joined his parents in Iowa, and for the next five or years was engaged in teaching.

In June 1860, he came to Pawnee City, then a small hamlet of five or six homes. For several years following he taught school and pursued the study of law which he had began in Tennessee. The deceased was married to Miss Sarah A. Ball, daughter of Reason Ball, one of the early settlers of this county, October 1868. Of this union, there were born four children, all daughters, two of whom are now living, Elma, wife of Charles B. Wortham and May, who is at home.

Judge Edwards purchased the Tribune on 1869 of Thomas L. Fisher. In 1870 he sold a half interest to F. S. Hassler and in the fall of 1871 sold the remaining half interest in the paper to A. E. Hassler. He was then appointed county judge to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of W. F. Wright, and at the next election was elected county judge, which office he held for five years. Judge Edwards has been postmaster, member of the board of education for a number of years, probate judge- in all of which official positions he conducted his business to the satisfaction of his constituents.

While postmaster it was through his efforts that Pawnee City was made a money order office, and the first money order was issued by him.

Judge Edwards was a prominent Mason and Odd Fellow, K. of P., and A. O. U. W., in all orders filling important and responsible positions. In the Masonic order he was for many years master of the lodge and to his untiring efforts in former years is due the success to which the lodge attained in later years.

The deceased was a member of the First Presbyterian church and in early days was one of the leading officials, giving freely of his money and his time to advance the interests of the church.

As a friend and neighbor, none better ever lived. He was ever ready with his means to help the poor and needy, and like his old friend and neighbor, the late Ex-Governor Butler, he would give his last cent to succor and assist a needy and worthy friend. His life work has ended. His trials in this world are over. The good deeds performed here will be taken into account by an All-wise Providence, and we can truly and sincerely say, "Well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of thy rest."

Short funeral services were held at the family residence last Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., after which the masonic fraternity took charge and the funeral procession moved to the cemetery in the following order: Escort of Knight Templar's, followed by members of the Masonic order, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Knights of Pythias, and by friends of the deceased in carriages. Past Master Samuel P. Davidson, of Tecumseh had charge of the Masonic services, and at the grave delivered a most touching and impressive address.

All business houses closed their places of business out of respect for the deceased.

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