IDAHO COUNTY FREE PRESS

FEBRUARY 22, 1906

James Edwards Dead

James Edwards, one of the best known pioneers of this county, passed away at his home in Grangeville February 19, 1906, age 68.  He had been suffering from erysipelas, but a weak heart was the direct cause of death.

At 20 years of age he came to the Pacific coast and Boise in 1863.  He came to Lewiston in June 1865 and engaged in packing to the mines at Warren and Florence.  At Warren he was for a time in the hotel business and in 1889 bought the Jersey House in Grangeville, which he ran until 1893.  He was married in 1881 to Mrs. Mary Rains, who survives him.  Much of his life was spent in the mountains and in 1879 narrowly escaped death at the hands of the "Sheep Eater" Indians.

He was one of the brave pioneers who had aided in making the country fit for civilization and of whom it could be truly said he was a devoted husband, a true friend and a good citizen.

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