Edward Sylvanus Wright 1901 – 1937

Edward Wright was born 27 April 1901, in Dickey County, North Dakota.  His parents were Alexander Robinson Wright, from Ireland, and Lillian Hodges, of Massachusetts.  Alex’s and Lillian’s parents were homesteaders in the Ellendale and Oakes area.  Alex was a printer, and publisher of the local newspaper, the Oakes Times. 

In 1910, the Wright family lived in Oakes, in Dickey county.  Edward’s father’s occupation was newspaper editor, and “job office emp” – I’m not sure what that meant, unless it refers to printing jobs.  The household included Joseph Martin, Lillian’s grandfather – she had been raised by her grandparents after her mother died.  The household also included a servant.  The 1915 state census included the same family members, but did not list occupations. 

Edward graduated from Oakes High School in 1919.  The 1920 census lists Edward living at home at with his parents in Oakes.  His father’s occupation was newspaper publisher.  Edward was a college student.  The college in Ellendale was a teacher’s school.  The household included Edward’s little sister Ruth, who had been born in 1913.  His great grandfather, Joseph, died earlier that year, before the census was taken.

Edward was counted in the 1925 state census with his parents and sister, but no occupations were listed in the census. 

Edward moved to Dallas, Texas, and in 1930 was living in a rooming house, and teaching in the public school. 

On 17 May 1930, Edward married Rubye Irene Williams.  They had two children while living in Texas.  In 1937, Edward moved his family to Moorhead, Minnesota.  He ran a print shop, and also taught printing at the high school.  Edward died  5 November, 1937 at the Fargo hospital, after a short illness.  He was buried at Ellendale in the Hodges/Wright family plot. 

Edward’s obituary was published in the Moorhead Daily News:  E WRIGHT, PRINT SHOP OWNER, DIES  Former Texas Man was Teacher at Moorhead H.S. This Year

Edward S Wright, 36, 114 First street north, died at 7:30 a.m., today in a Fargo hospital where he entered last night.  He had been seriously ill since Monday. A resident of Moorhead since July 5, 1937, Wright came here from Texas where he had taught printing in the Dallas Technical high school for eight years.  He had been teaching a class of printing in Moorhead high school since school opened in September, and was proprietor of Service Printers in Moorhead. Wright was born in Ellendale, N. D. April 27, 1901.  He attended Oakes high school, Jamestown college, and the University of Wisconsin.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge in Oakes, was active in scout work in Oakes and in Dallas where he was field commissioner, and was a member of the Presbyterian church of Fargo. Surviving are his wife, Rubye I Williams, whom he married at Little Rock, Ark., May 17, 1930; two children, a son, Robert Earl, 6, and a daughter Gail Isabelle, 4; a sister, Ruth E Wright, Milwaukee, and his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Alexander R Wright, Oakes, N. D. Funeral services have not been arranged but will be held in Oakes, N. D.  The body is at the Wright funeral home. 

Rubye continued to operate the print shop for some years.  She died in 1984. 




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