Joseph Edwards, a member of the board of trustees, came to Cass County in 1855, and settled on section 14, Edna township. He stopped but a short time there, when he returned to Illinois, and there remained until 1858, when, accompanied by his family, he started with a team for their new home. They brought their household goods and provisions, and camped out when they first arrived. He erected a log cabin in which the family lived for a number of years, when a frame house of considerable size took the place of the rude log cabin. His farm is pleasantly located, and is known as one of the finest farms in the township. Mr. Edwards is a native of Morgan County, Illinois. He was married in 1851, to Isabella Bartles, and by their union nine children have been born-Hiram N., Joseph, Lafayette, Francis, Margaret L., Ella B,, Jacob S., Minnie May and Johnnie D. Mr. Edwards has always taken an interest in the public affairs, and has filled a number of offices of trust in the township.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 753.