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Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Edwards Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Edwards Residence Marker
Inscription.  Distinctive pointed-arched, Gothic style windows and a decorative three-story square tower, tucked in the L of the cross-gable, originally distinguished this unique residence, constructed between 1896 and 1903. In March 1903, John and Julia Edwards purchased the home, where they lived with their children into the 1920s. The Edwardses remodeled the residence, removing the tower and replacing the Gothic windows by 1910. The outline of the doorway to the cupola is still visible in an upstairs bedroom. By 1920, the Edwards had also expanded the living room and added an attached garage with a bedroom and sun porch above. John Edwards arrived in Montana in 1890 as foreman of a cross country cattle drive. He and his family moved to Forsyth in 1902, where he became president of the Bank of Commerce, vice president of Richardson Mercantile, and served as state senator. Despite remarkable business and political success, he ultimately lost his fortune. He died almost destitute in 1925. The house suffered neglect in later years but recent owners repaired the residence, including restoring the original hardwood floors.
 
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Edwards Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Edwards Residence and Marker
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.124′ N, 106° 40.709′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on North 11th Avenue near Park Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 313 North 11th Avenue, Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F.V.H. Collins Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Taber Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); 310 North Eleventh Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); E.A. Richardson Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lida Parker Residence (about 400 feet away); 241 North Eleventh Avenue (about 400 feet away); E.A. Cornwell Residence (about 400 feet away); 411 North Twelfth Avenue (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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