Benjamin Franklin ("B.F.") Edwards (June 5, 1865 – September 29, 1959) was a banker and a long-time resident of Oakland.
Edwards was born June 5, 1865 in a mining camp in Sierra County to Thomas Edwards and Catherine Jenkins (Edwards), natives of Wales. 2 He was one of at least 6 children.
On March 16, 1893, he married Lorena Jane Barlow (Edwards) (February 8, 1868 – April 22, 1951) in Alameda County. They had at least 7 children: Ruth Catherine Edwards (Jackson); Benjamin Franklin Edwards, Jr.; Thomas Lee Edwards; Lorena Emma Edwards (Meadows); Marian J. Edwards (Woodward); William Arthur Edwards; and Stewart Edwards. The family lived for many years at 106 Ross Circle, built in 1921. 3
In the early 1900s, Edwards was cashier of the Syndicate Bank. "Borax" Smith was president. 5
Beginning in 1917, Edwards was president of the Broadway Bank, and then branch vice-president when the Bank of Italy took over in 1922.
c.1925 he was president of the Pacific Bond & Mortgage Co. 4
He retired from banking in 1926. 1
Links and References
- Financier B.F. Edwards Is Dead at 94 Oakland Tribune October 3, 1959
- Three Generations Honor Pair Oakland Tribune May 5, 1918
- Ben F. Edwards' Nevada Heritage in The Knave, Oakland Tribune December 10, 1972 (p2)
- ad Oakland Tribune March 1, 1925
- Syndicate Bank Oakland Tribune December 31, 1908
- Pioneers Gather Children and Grandchildren About Them Oakland Tribune April 18, 1908