Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ADELBERT G. EDWARDS is to be classed
as one of the intelligent and progressive mining men in the vicinity of
Molson. He was born on August 27, 1850, in Dallas county, Alabama,
the son of Cyril R. and Susan (Reynolds) Edwards. The father was
born in Kentucky and was killed in the battle of Chancellorsville, being
Lieutenant Colonel of the Fourteenth Alabama Cavalry. He had participated
in many battles of the war and met his death in active service. Under
President Buchanan he had been consul to Brazil and was a prominent citizen.
His wife was born in the state of New York and is now living in Providence,
Rhode Island, in her eighty-first year. Our subject's grandfather,
Jonathan Edwards, was in the battle of New Orleans, under General Jackson.
He lived to be ninety-nine years and nine months of age. Our subject's
great-grandfather, also Jonathan Edwards, was one of the two first senators
from Kentucky, when it was admitted into the union. The ancestors
came to the colonies in 1648, from Monmouthshire, South Wales. Our
subject remained in Alabama until he was eight years of age and then went
with his mother to Providence, Rhode Island, where he grew up and received
his education. He also learned the machinist's trade during his youth.
In 1872, he went to Texas and became a cowboy. Fourteen years later
we find him in the San Juan country in Colorado, mining. He also followed
that occupation in New Mexico and Arizona and located some of the famous
mines in that country. He had many fights with the Apaches and endured
much hardship incident to mining and prospecting in those dry and hot countries.
On one occasion he was without water for three days, in intense heat.
In 1875, Mr. Edwards came to Butte, Montana, thence to Rossland and later
to Greenwood and other places in British Columbia. In the fall of
1895, he came to the reservation country and has followed mining and prospecting
here since. He recently located a homestead of good bunch grass land,
well watered and expects to make his home upon it. Mr. Edwards owns
the Runny Mede group of mines near his homestead and has done about one
thousand dollars worth of development work upon them. He has a well
defined ledge which assays twenty-two dollars in gold. Mr. Edwards
also has charge of the Poland-China mines near his home. He is a member
of the miners union of Greenwood and is a progressive and public spirited