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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Edwin W. Salmon. It is the truth to say that “man is the architect of his own fortune.” Circumstances may make or mar his prospects to a certain extent, but a determined will, will bend even the force of circumstances to its bidding. So called genius has little to do with the success of men in general, but the possession of keen perception, sound judgment and determination, essential elements in any successful calling, is sure to accomplish the aims hoped for. Among the representative and truly substantial and worthy citizens of Marshfield, no one occupies a more prominent position than Edwin W. Salmon, whose association with its financial interests, and familiarity and connection with the commercial affairs of the community, have added materially to his popularity and recognition as a business man. Born at Versailles, Morgan Co., Mo., March 14, 1856, he is the son of William W. and Ann G. (Tutt) Salmon, a family well and favorably known in the vicinity of Clinton, Mo., where the father now resides. The former was born in Greenville County, S. C., in 1833, his wife’s birth occurring in Rappahannock County, Va., in 1835. Edwin’s paternal grandfather, Ezekiel Salmon, a native of South Carolina, became an early resident of Missouri (1839), and died in Morgan County in 1851. William Salmon upon starting in life for himself first engaged in merchandising, and subsequently turned his attention to farming and stock raising, his business, which he started at Versailles in 1852, being interrupted and broken up by the war. In 1863 he removed to St. Louis, resuming his mercantile interests there until 1870, in the latter part of which year he located in Henry County, of which Clinton, his present residence, is the county seat. Edwin W. Salmon, the eldest of a family of eleven children (eight of whom survive), received an excellent common-school education, improving the opportunities with which he was favored, and in February, 1873, he entered the bank of Salmon & Salmon, at Clinton, there obtaining an admirable business training, which well qualified him to establish the Bank of Marshfield, in June, 1885. The success of this now well-known financial institution has been steady and solid, and it has proved an important factor in the material advancement and reputation of Marshfield. Mr. Salmon, as its head, has manifested an ability and force of character which at once mark him a man above the ordinary. His strict integrity, earnest and sound financial judgment, and his uprightness and honor in all matters of business and private life, have gained for him the confidence of all, and he is worthy of the esteem and respect shown him and his family. Public spirited, enterprising and reliable, he has ever lent his influence to the growth and development of his adopted home, and has liberally supported all just measures tending to its benefit. October 10, 1883, Miss Lucie A. Milburn, of Baltimore, Md., daughter of Alexander Milburn, became his wife. Mrs. Salmon’s birth occurred in 1861. One child has blessed their union, Milburn Tutt, born November 9, 1884. Mrs. Salmon is a member of the Episcopal Church.

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