We would like to invite you to see our newest display at the Sumpter Museum!
Mr. L. C. Edwards
Lusk Colville Edwards was born in McMinnville, Tennessee on March 2, 1860. He attended public school and later graduated from Waters and Walling College in Tennessee. After his graduation from college he came out west to Arlington, Oregon were he was a druggist and chemist. L.C. Edwards was very well thought of and for a few years served as mayor of Arlington.
In 1885 He married Miss Martha Ellen Simon who came from an Oregon Pioneer family. On December 27, 1893 Mattie, as she was affectionately called, gave birth to a son; they named him Jesse.
In December of 1899 the family moved to Sumpter, where Mr. Edwards built a two story brick building on the corner of Granite and Mill St. He and his family lived in the back of the building and rented out the top floor. The drug store was in the front part of the first floor. Mr. Edwards was an able business man but, more importantly, he possessed a deep and abiding interest in the welfare of Sumpter and the state of Oregon. By all reports Mr. Edwards was a kind and public spirited man. At one point in his career he ran for the State Legislature. He was also affiliated with the Masons.
Mr. Edwards carried a full line of drugs, chemicals and notions, everything that a well-stocked pharmacy of the day would carry. As his business prospered Mr. Edwards purchased the building next door to his business and it became the town soda fountain. Mr. Edwards was also part owner of the Hotel Sumpter.
On August 13, 1917 tragedy struck! The town of Sumpter burned to the ground except for just a few buildings. One can only imagine the feelings of Mr. Edwards as he surveyed the ruins of his home and businesses.
Mr. Edwards never rebuilt his drug store, but, instead moved to Baker City with his family where he resided at 2603 second St. According to records he worked in Baker City as a druggist.
Mr. Edwards passed away on Oct 25, 1932. He and Mattie are buried in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Their son Jesse also worked as a druggist after he served his Country during WW I. He also resided with his wife Lola and their children in Baker City.
In the case below you will notice that we have several medicine bottles embossed with the name Edwards Drug store.
Information regarding Mr. Edwards was compiled by Michelle DeFord who is a board member of the Sumpter Valley Museum Association and thanks to Michelle’s’ diligent work, this newest display features bottles, stories, and artifacts that celebrate the very important presence of a drug store and druggist in Sumpter prior to the fire of 1917.
Michelle is still working to add even more to the display, but we invite you to stop by and see what it looks like so far!
Drug Store Display at the Sumpter Museum July 2015