A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


Edgar S. Dolson, cashier of the McCune City State Bank, is a young but aggressive and able business man of this town of southwestern Crawford county, and in the few years since entering his business career has demonstrated especial capacity for the management and control of financial affairs. He has identified himself both personally and publicly with the town of McCune, taking a public-spirited part in all matters pertaining to its growth and prosperity, and is at the present time serving as its mayor.

Mr. Dolson was born in Scotland county, Missouri, December 15, 1878, a son of Harvey I. and Luceba (Skidmore) Dolson, the former of Illinois and the latter of Virginia, whence she came with her parents in her young girlhood to Illinois and there married. His father has been a minister of the Methodist church all his life, and in this capacity came to Kansas in 1883, settling first in Bourbon county, but owing to the itinerancy enjoined by the rules of the church he has moved about from place to place, and at the present time has charge of the church at Savonburg, Allen county, Kansas, where he and his wife reside. They are the parents of five children: Robert, of New York city; F. H., of Kansas City; Flora, wife of G. W. Norton, of Kansas City; B. W., of Kansas City; and Edgar S.

Mr. Dolson, the youngest of the children, received a common school education, and after finishing the high school curriculum at Greeley, Anderson county, Kansas, took a business course in a Kansas City business college. At the conclusion of his school days, in 1900, he came to McCune, where he accepted the position of assistant cashier in the McCune State Bank. In 1902 he resigned and then helped organize the McCune City State Bank, with a capital of ten thousand dollars, and with John W. Martin as president and himself as cashier. He has proved a most valuable official and director of this financial institution, and has done much to give it the conservative steadiness and financial solidity which are to be reckoned among its chief assets.

Mr. Dolson's popularity in the town is shown by his election as mayor, in which office he is now serving his second year. His honesty and persevering industry and genial qualities of character have proved his best capital, and with these he has worked up to a commendable place in his community. He is a Master Mason of Temple Lodge No. 237, F. & A. M., and also a member of McCune Lodge No. 195, I. O. O. F. He was married May 17, 1900, to Miss Jennie M. Evans, of Kansas City, and they have one child, Catherine.