Leida Mae Weeks, son of Nelson and Lydia Weeks. PHOTO
The household of Francis W. Edgerton was recorded in the 1920 Federal Census of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York (pg. 245; dwelling #4; family #4; enum. January 10, 1920), as follows:
At the time of this enumeration, the family was residing at 10 East Avenue. Francis’ occupation was listed as “Junior Executive – Oil company”.
The household of Francis W. Edgerton was recorded in the 1930 Federal Census of Lawrenceville City (Ward 5), Lawrence County, Illinois (pg. 162; dwelling #212; family #220; enum. April 18, 1930), as follows:
At the time of this enumeration, the family was residing at 1514 12th Street. Francis’ occupation was listed as “Chief Accountant – Oil Refinery”.
The following biography of Francis Wetherell Edgerton is excerpted from A Sesqui-Centennial History of Kentucky, Vol. IV (Frederick A. Wallis, ed.; Hopkinsville, Kentucky: The Historical Record Association; 1945; pp. 1860-1862):
“FRANCIS WETHERELL EDGERTON
A decade and a half of life in Lexington have made this subject and his family a part of the city’s social and business life and prominent in the activities incident to church circles as well as those of social service and civic promotion.
Francis Wetherell Edgerton was born in Brooklyn, New York, April 29, 1882, a son of Francis Monroe Edgerton, who was born in East Poultney, Vermont, April 11, 1840, and died December 17, 1907. He was a real estate operator in New York and was a member of the Masonic fraternity, attaining the 32nd Degree of that Order in whose affairs he was very active. Mr. Edgerton’s mother was Sara Frances (Townsend) Edgerton born in Troy, New York, July 28, 1850, and died April 1, 1915. Her family were prominent in state affairs in New York. Francis W. Edgerton married Leida Mae Weeks, of Brooklyn, New York, July 14, 1905, and they are the parents of two children: Beatrice Taylor Edgerton married Philip Homer Barnes, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, who is now associated with her father’s business in Lexington. Joy Meredith Edgerton married Richard Marshall Rankin, of Lexington, Kentucky, and they are the parents of a son, Alan Meredith Rankin.
Francis W. Edgerton attended the public schools of Brooklyn, New York, graduating from a Brooklyn high school in 1899, and beginning his business career as office boy for an industrial concern of Brooklyn, later spending seven years with a banking house in Brooklyn, after which he became connected with the Indian Refining Company, working in their general offices in New York City. Later he transferred to the company’s refinery at Lawrenceville, Illinois, spending a total of nineteen years with the Indian Refining Company and rising to the position of Assistant Controller, his connection only terminating when the holdings of that corporation were disposed of to the Texas Oil Company in 1930. In 1931 he moved to Lexington and purchased a small business – a line of vending machines and established the Edgerton Cigarette Service Company. By hard work and attention to the affairs of his concern the business has grown until it now covers fifteen counties in central Kentucky, with headquarters at 108 Church Street, Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to the affairs of his business, Mr. Edgerton gives of his time to the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club, The Sons of the Revolution and the Lexington Executive Club of which he is Vice-President. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a Trustee and to which he contributes considerable attention. He finds his greatest interests away from business in books and literary research and the family home at 1715 Versailles Pike is an ideal place for Mr. Edgerton to enjoy the literary life toward which he is inclined.
Quiet and restful in his living and methodical in business he has built a circle of friends in his home city who appreciate him and enjoy contact with him. He and his family are a component part of the community life and occupy an enviable position in socal and civic affairs.”
Original Source Documents:
World War I Draft Registration Card – Francis Wetherell Edgerton; New York City, New York Co., NY.
1920 Federal Census – household of Francis Wetherell Edgerton; Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY.
1930 Federal Census – household of Francis Wetherell Edgerton; Lawrenceville City (Ward 5), Lawrence Co., IL.
Gravestone photo – Francis Wetherell Edgerton & Mrs. Leida Mae (Weeks) Edgerton; Lexington Cemetery; Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.
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