Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HON. AMOS EDMUNDS, the present
mayor of Chelan, is one of the prominent men of this section, and has shown
his appreciation of the resources of this favored region by various investments
here. His first was the erection, in 1901, of that sightly edifice
now known and operated as the Hotel Chelan.
The town of Chelan was incorporated in April,
1902, and Mr. Edmunds was elected Mayor. At the close of his first
term he was re-elected without opposition.
Amos Edmunds was born in Henderson county,
Illinois, February 28, 1849, the son of Daniel and Eliza J. (Logan) Edmunds.
His father was born in New York state and came to Illinois in 1836, and
died there in 1889, having been a prominent and much respected citizen.
Amos was reared on his father's farm and formed
industrious habits early in life. He was partly educated at the llinois
Agricultural College, now known as the "University of Illinois." He was
one of the early students of that institution, having entered soon after
Mr. Edmunds began farming for himself in 1871,
and some years later became quite prominent as a dairyman and blooded cattle
His trade for blooded animals extended over
the entire continent and he was recognized as one of the leaders in his
line of business.
Politically, he is a Democrat, and served
his district in Illinois in the state legislature, in 1891.
Mr. Edmunds has the following brothers and
sisters: Logan, of Gilman, Illinois; James, of Lenox, Iowa; Susan
E., wife of Dr. L. 0. Lockwood, of Gilman, Illinois; and Abbie, wife of
S. G. Miller, of Disco, Illinois.
Mr. Edmunds visited Lake Chelan during the
summer of 1900, and being so impressed with its beauty and favorable location,
he came hither from LaHarpe, Illinois, with his family in March, 1901.
On December 15, 1875, Mr. Edmunds married
Miss Mary A. Campbell at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She was born in
Ohio and is a sister to Judge C. C. Campbell, proprietor of the Hotel Chelan,
of this place, and mentioned elsewhere in this volume.
Two children were born to this marriage, Clara
E., a graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. She came to
Chelan as a teacher, in the year 1900, and taught in the public schools
for two years. She was married to Mr. Chester G. Ridout November
The other child, Palmer Daniel, is now a school
boy in the Chelan public school.
Since locating at Chelan, Mr. Edmunds has
taken an active interest and worked faithfully to advance every public
enterprise, and in his judgment Chelan, and the Chelan country have a most
bright and promising future.