Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Dr. Thomas C. Edwards, physician and surgeon, enjoys an enviable position in his profession, by reason of his ability and scientific attainments. A native of Missouri, he was born at Columbia, since made famous for its educational centers, and there first saw the light on August 24, 1860. When fifteen years of age he left his native district and came west, settling in Woodland, Yolo county in 1875. Having finished his public school course, he matriculated in the Hesperian College of Woodland and in 1881 was graduated, winning the Bachelor of Arts degree, after which, two years later, he was graduated from the St. Louis Medical College, winning the M. D. degree.

With this excellent preparation, Dr. Edwards began the practice of medicine in Salinas in the spring of 1883, and with forty-one years of successful professional labor to his credit, it is natural that he should be regarded as the dean of the medical profession, an enviable honor which he bears well. Indeed, such has long been his standing among physicians and surgeons of the Golden state, that in 1923 he was elected to the presidency of the State Medical Association-a distinction not often tendered the professional man in a small town. In June, 1924, he relinquished this responsible office under conditions flattering to him in the extreme. For twenty years, too, he has been a member of the Council of the State Medical Association of California, and on his retirement from the chair, in June, 1924, he was again elected a member of the State Council. He was once more honored, in May, 1924, as a delegate to the National Medical Association, meeting at Chicago in June, 1924. Outside his profession his business interests are few but he is a director of the Salinas City Bank.

Dr. Edwards has served as a member of the city council of Salinas, and also of the Salinas board of health. He has long been an advocate of prohibition working early and late to advance the cause and secure for the benefit of humanity the beneficent influences arising there from. He has also been chairman of the Good Government League in Salinas, his influence at all times being on the side of reform, progress and constructive effort.

When Dr. Edwards was married he chose for his wife Miss Grace McCandless, of Illinois, a gifted lady, to whom five children were granted. The four still living are: Elma E., the wife of J. Carl Whitmore, of San Francisco; Alfred C. Edwards; Gladys B., the wife of Walter Hood, of San Francisco; and Karl E. Edwards. The Doctor belongs to the Rotary Club, and was elected a delegate to represent the local club at the national meeting at Toronto, Ontario, in June, 1924. Fraternally he is a Mason, belonging to Salinas Lodge, No. 204, F. & A. M., in which he is a past master; Salinas chapter, No. 39, R. A. M., and to the Scottish Rite bodies. He also belongs to Salinas Lodge, No. 614, B. P. O. E. A summary of his career shows his life to be one of broad usefulness, not only, in the line of his profession, in which he has attained distinction, but also in those wide fields which touch the general interests of society and make the world a cleaner and better place in which to live.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.