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Edward A. Purdy

Male Abt 1878 - 1984  (~ 105 years)

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  • Name Edward A. Purdy  [1
    Born Abt 1878  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died WFT Est. 1923-1984  [1
    Person ID I034  Merged Tree
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2004 

    Family Mary Tyson Milnor,   b. 24 Sep 1895, Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1981, Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 29 Jan 1919  [1
     1. Rockwell Purdy
     2. Rebeca Purdy
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2004 
    Family ID F113  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    President Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Postmaster Appointment.
    President Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Postmaster Appointment.
    e-mail recieved on 1 Jan 2005: Hello, I am writing you as a fellow Family History lover. Today I purchased a President Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Postmaster Appointment. The Appointment was of Mr. Edward A. Purdy, a member of your family tree. I always do a little goggling and found your website. Here is a picture of the appointment. Enjoy. Ronald L. Fox, North Salt Lake Utah. Happy New Year.

    Census 1920 Milnor, Mary
    Census 1920 Milnor, Mary
    Shows Mary living with her daughter Mary and son-in-law, Edward Purdy, in Minneapolis.

  • Notes 
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      EXTRACTED FROM: History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest;
      Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev.
      Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D.; Volume I - Shutter (Historical);
      volume II - Biographical; volume III - Biographical

      Vol II, pg 127-128
      Edward A. Purdy, vice president of the Wells-Dickey Company and of the
      Wells-Dickey Trust Company, was postmaster of Minneapolis from June 1, 1914,
      until the 1st of May, 1922. During the last year of his incumbency he was chosen
      by Will H. Hays, postmaster general, to act as his special assistant in
      reorganizing the postal service nationally. At the time of his resignation he
      was president of the National Association of Postmasters. Just prior to leaving
      the postal service, Mr. Purdy edited a "Manual of the Post Office" for use in
      schools, which has been adopted as a text in many schools of the country and is
      on file in practically every library of any size.
      Edward A. Purdy was born in Lansing, Iowa, in 1878, a son of Edward and Emma
      Purdy, the former a native of Brooklyn, New York, while the latter was born in
      Troy. Pennsylvania. The paternal grandfather emigrated from New York westward
      some eighty years ago, his destination being St. Paul, Minnesota. He located,
      however, in Lansing. Iowa, and there resided the remainder of his life, trading
      with the Indians and supplying the river boats. During the presidential terms of
      Pierce and Buchanan he was postmaster at that place.
      Edward A. Purdy began his education in the public schools of his birthplace,
      continued it at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, and completed it at the
      University of Minnesota. After two years at Beloit he found himself unable to go
      on with the course and was compelled to stop and earn the necessary money. Soon
      afterward he came to Minneapolis and started a night school at the Y. M. C. A.,
      which he continued to supervise after he entered the University of Minnesota.
      Upon leaving the University. Mr. Purdy obtained control of the Western
      Architect, which magazine he has since published, having made it a widely
      circulated and popular periodical. Mr. Purdy is a democrat.
      On the 29th of January, 1919, Mr. Purdy married Miss Mary T. Milnor, and to
      their union one son and one daughter have been born: Rockwell and Rebecca. A
      large part of Mr. Purdy's time recently has been devoted to securing an
      auditorium for Minneapolis. He is an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman and a
      devotee of all outdoor sports. He belongs to the Minneapolis, Minikahda and
      Lafayette clubs.

  • Sources 
    1. [S02891] World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Brøderbund Software, Inc., (Release date: November 29, 1995), Tree #3659.
      Date of Import: Dec 21, 1997

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