GEORGE C. EDWARDS
Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. - Bridgeport Chain Co. - International Silver Co.
DEATH OF GEORGE C. EDWARDS
Vice-President of the International Silver Co. Passes Away After a Long Illness
Bridgeport, Conn., Sept. 24.–An illness lasting over a year finally terminated in the death yesterday of George C. Edwards, vice-president of the International Silver Co. at his home 174 Park Place, this city. Mr. Edwards underwent an operation in May, 1918, and since that time his health had been impaired. Funeral services will take place at 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Broad St. and Fairfield Ave. Following the services, at which Rev. F. E. Aitken will officiate, the remains will be laid at rest in Mountain Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Edwards was a modest and retiring man and from the moment of his entrance into the silver trade he made friends, who regret very deeply to hear of his death. He was well liked by everyone who knew him and was one of Bridgeport's most prominent citizens. Out of respect for the late Mr. Edwards the entire factory and office will be closed at noon on Thursday. Many of the officials and employes of the plant will attend the services to-morrow afternoon.
George C. Edwards was born in Watertown, Conn., in 1846. He received his early schooling in that town and graduated from the Watertown Academy. When a young man he became interested in the chemical manufacturing business in Watertown. Following his venture in Watertown he went to Binghamton, N. Y., where he conducted a wood alcohol business. After disposing of this enterprise he located in New York, where he became engaged with his brother-in-law, Charles Holmes, in the manufacture of nickel silver alloys. In January, 1880, the Rogers & Brittin Silver Co. was established at Bridgeport, Conn., and the following year George C. Edwards and C. E. L. Holmes purchased the controlling interest. In 1882 the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. was organized and took over the stock and assets of the Rogers & Brittin Silver Co. Mr. Edwards was soon made treasurer and general manager of the firm, and upon the death of Mr. Holmes in 1884 he succeeded to the presidency. At the annual meeting in 1885 he was elected to the office of president.
The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. soon won a place for itself in the flatware trade and established an excellent reputation in its various lines, especially in the silver inlaid line which has long been recognized throughout the country. The deceased, as the head of the company, was active in the formation of the International Silver Co., and upon its establishment Mr. Edwards was elected first vice-president. He had also been manager of the plant (Factory C) since the organization of the International Silver Co.
About 25 years ago Mr. Edwards also founded the Bridgeport Chain Co., of which concern he was president at the time of his death. He was also interested in electric light and power companies in Minnesota.
Mr. Edwards was a director in the City National Bank and was also a trustee of the Bridgeport Savings Bank. For many years he had also been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, acting as vestryman and junior warden.
Besides his widow, Mr. Edwards leaves a son, George H. Edwards, who is associated with the International Silver Co. and is also a director of that well known concern.
At the meeting of the board of directors of the International Silver Co., on Sept. 24, the following resolutions relating to the death of Mr. Edwards, were unanimously adopted:
"Mr. George C. Edwards, one of the most active organizers and founders of the International Silver Co., and its predecessor, the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., one of the best known men in the silver-plating industry, associated with and actively interested in this company as vice-president, since its organization in 1898, has been called from his work to his eternal rest.
"Voted: That we place upon the records of the company, our appreciation of his ability and sterling character. Active in the affairs of the company since its organization, his advice and decisions have added greatly to its success. Though suffering intensely in late years, he has kept in close touch with its affairs and has ever been indefatigable in his work for its benefit and loyal to its interests, and we record here with deep sorrow and great regret, his passing away on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1919, at the age of 73 years.
"Voted: That out of respect to his memory, Factory C (the Holmes & Edwards plant) and the general offices of the company, be closed on the afternoon of the funeral, and that these resolutions be spread upon the records of the company and a copy sent to the family.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 1st October 1919
George C. Edwards, vice-president of the International Silver Company in Bridgeport, Conn., and founder of the Bridgeport Chain Company, died at his home, 174 Park Place. Tuesday. September 23, after an illness of over a year’s duration. Mr. Edwards underwent an operation in May, 1918, and since that time has been in an enfeebled condition. The operation was said to have hastened his death.
Mr. Edwards was born in Watertown, Conn., in 1846, and attended the schools of that city, graduating from the Watertown Academy, in his early twenties he became interested in the chemical manufacturing business in Waterbury and was for some time located there.
Leaving Waterbury, he went to Binghampton, N. Y., where he became one of the pioneers in the manufacture of wood alcohol in this country and built up a profitable business. This business he later sold out and went to New York City, where he became interested in the manufacture of nickel silver alloys with his brother-in-law, Charles Holmes.
Later Mr. Edwards and his brother-in-law bought the Rogers and Britten Company in Bridgeport and founded the Holmes and Edwards Company in 1881. The company continued under this name until the formation of the International Silver Company in 1898, Mr. Edwards being since that time its first vice-president.
About 25 years ago Mr. Edwards founded the Bridgeport Chain Company and was president of this concern at the time of his death. He was also interested in light and power companies in Minnesota some of which he founded.
Mr. Edwards was a director in the City National Bank and a trustee in the Bridgeport Savings Bank. He was for many years a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, where he was vestryman and warden.
Source: The Metal Industry - December 1919