Henderson County, Kentucky Obituary



After several months of failing health, Edwin Whitney Olds, aged 63, prominent Springfield business man and past exalted ruler of the local Elks, died of complications Monday at 8 o'clock at his residence, 126 East Pleasant street. Mr. Olds' decline in health started soon after the demise of his wife on June 10, 1912, the shock of her sudden death being a severe one to him.

Mr. Olds was for years a prominent civil engineer, having been identified with the Santa Fe and Rio Grande Extension company in that capacity for seventeen years, specializing in railroad construction work in the West during that time.

Mr. Olds lately had been soliciting magazine subscriptions and had established an angency here. He was born September 1, 1850 in this city, the son of Lorenzo and Anna Rabbits Olds and, was married June 20, 1888, to Miss Sallie Theresa Sasseen of Henderson, Ky. Mr. Olds as a boy attended the Robbins boarding school which stood on the site of the old city hospital on Main street.

After his marriage, Mr. Olds returned to Springfield from the West and became identified with the Desermoux Company. When his health began to fail he sold his interests in the firm and established his magazine agency.

Mr. Olds is survived by five children, Mary Elizabeth Olds, Anna Ruth Olds, Edwin Phelps Olds, Margaret Sasseen Olds and Sarah Whitney Olds. He was a member of Clark Masonic Lodge No. 101. He was a Knight Templar, past exalted member of the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Funeral services will be held at the residence Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial at Ferncliff cemetery.

Source: The Springfield Daily News, Monday, April 13, 1914, page (1)

Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS

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