Wilcox, Edward Burt

Edward Burt Wilcox

  • Born: 29 April 1831 New York
  • Died: 16 August 1906
  • Burial: Eastside Cemetery Hutchinson Kansas
  • First Mayor
  • First Postmaster of Hutchinson 
  • First County Treasurer
  • Owned Hardware Store

From the Hutchinson Daily News dated August 16, 1906;
"EDWARD WILCOX IS DEAD - Was Among the Earliest Settlers in the County - Edward Wilcox, one of the first settlers here, the first postmaster of Hutchinson, and the first county treasurer, died shortly before noon today. For quite awhile he had been ill but there seemed to be nothing very serious in his condition. The end came very suddenly at 11 o'clock this morning. By his death Hutchinson and Reno county lose one of their best known citizens.
Mr. Wilcox was born on April 29 1831, at Trenton Falls, N. Y. His education was received at Oberlin, O., and it was there that he married Emma Ames in 1850. Mr. Wilcox settled in Topeka in 1869, where he opened a hardware store. In January, 1872, he moved to Hutchinson again engaging in the hardware business.
Mr. Wilcox was appointed as the first posmaster of Hutchinson in 1872. He was also the first treasurer of Reno county, serving from 1872 to 1875. He also had served the city as mayor and as a councilman, two terms in each office. He was a member of Reno Commandery, No. 26, Knight Templars.
Two children, one a son, Burdette Wilcox, and one daughter, Mrs. Nettie Wilcox Beard, survive him. He also leaves a grandson, Harold Beard. The funeral will be held some time Saturday. An announcement of the funeral services will be given in tomorrow evening's paper."

Emma Ames

  • Born: 5 August 1832
  • Married: 8 August 1851
  • Died: 5 January 1896
  • Burial: Eastside Cemetery Hutchinson Kansas