Edward Everett Holmes was born in West Winstead,
Connecticut, December 29, 1849. He attended the public and high
schools of his native town, and also studied civil engineering.
His first occupation was as axeman in a railroad surveying crew, and
he rose steadily until made division superintendent. In 1873,
when the panic stopped all building, he found himself in Muscatine, Ia.
He located there, and for two years worked as a book-keeper.
From that he worked into the real estate and mortgage business, in
which he has continued ever since. In 1879 he moved from
Muscatine to Emporia, Kas., and in 1882 came to Kansas City.
Mr. Holmes is second vice-president of the
United States and Mexican Trust Company, which is engaged in securing
the right of way for the Orient line, and is also director in several
mining companies. He is a man of intensest energy and
application, and has been an important factor in the upbuilding of the
Mr. Holmes is a member of the Evanston Golf
Club. He was married in 1873 to Miss Martha J. Hawley, of
Muscatine, Ia., and they have one son, Albert.