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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1893.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WALLACE C. EDWARDS, Cashier of the Brothers & Company Bank, of Dowagiac, was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., November 4, 1869. At the age of two years he was taken by his parents to Schoolcraft, this State, and shortly afterward to Dowagiac, where he grew to manhood, developing the traits of self-reliance and manly independence that have contributed largely to his success. In the common schools of Dowagiac he laid the foundation of his education, and later entered the High School at this place, graduating in 1888. While attending school in the winter season, his vacations were always usefully employed, and in the summer of 1888 he occupied a clerical position in Sherwood’s drug store, of this city.

During the session of 1889 Mr. Edwards held the position of Clerk in the State Senate. In November, 1889, he was appointed to the important position which he now holds in the Lee Bros. & Co.’s Bank. A man of close observation, keen insight and intuitive perception, he is well qualified for the satisfactory discharge of his official duties, and both his superiors in office, as well as the general public, place the greatest confidence in his reliability, honor and ability. Politically, he advocates the principles of the Republican party, to which he gives his unwavering support.

At the present time he is filling the position of Deputy Treasurer of Cass County, of which his father, T. J. Edwards (whose sketch is presented on another page of this volume), is the Treasurer. Socially, he is a prominent member of the order of Knights of Pythias.

The lady who, on the 22d of June, 1892, became the wife of Mr. Edwards, was Bannie L. Elder, a beautiful and accomplished young lady, who is held in the highest esteem in the social circles of Dowagiac. She is the daughter of Capt. John Elder, a prominent citizen of Lansing, Mich., who for a number of years served as United States Commissioner of Pensions for a district in Ohio. Mrs. Edwards was born and reared in Lansing, Mich., and received a good education in the union schools of the capital city, graduating from the High School of that place in 1889. Afterward she entered Oberlin University, at Oberlin, Ohio, where for one year she carried on her studies in the Conservatory of Music. She then entered the literary department of the State University of Michigan., at Ann Arbor, where she remained for one year. The best advantages possible were given to her, and as she availed herself to the utmost of every opportunity offered, she has gained broad literary culture and knowledge.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published in 1893. 

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