Edwin J. Wheeler, the mayor of Moorhead, Minnesota, is a prominent figure known for his strong character and dedication to his community. He began his career as a clerk and later became the president of the Wheeler Land Company, contributing to the growth and prosperity of the region. A steadfast Republican supporter, Wheeler’s leadership has led to Moorhead’s significant advancements. He is involved in various fraternal organizations and is married to Helen S. Evans, with whom he has two children.
Edwin J. Wheeler, mayor of Moorhead, is a specimen of the sturdy manhood that Minnesota is known to supply to the nation. Mr. Wheeler was born on a farm in Faribault, Minnesota, April 6, 1867, the eldest son of Gideon and Harriet (Hendricks) Wheeler. He was reared and educated in the high school at Blue Earth, Minnesota, and remained on the farm until he became of age. He then obtained employment as a clerk in a general store at Blue Earth, where he remained until 1891, and decided to venture into business on his own account, and accordingly opened a store for general needs at Fairmont. It was here that the Wheeler Land Company was organized in 1896, with a branch office at Moorhead. In 1898, Mr. Wheeler came to Moorhead, and the following year, the company reorganized and incorporated with a capital stock of $30,000, with Edwin J. Wheeler as president, F. B. Herbert as vice-president, and John M. Dahlby as secretary. Mr. Wheeler now owns and controls the company, which has a surplus several times its capital.
In politics, Mr. Wheeler has always been a staunch supporter of the Republican Party, and during his service as mayor of Moorhead, to which office he was elected in 1907, the city has enjoyed a constant growth and advancement under his management, second to none in the history of the city. The Wheeler Land Company is one of the largest companies west of Minneapolis and the largest landowner in Clay County, which is a boon to Clay County and the city of Moorhead.
Mr. Wheeler is a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Modern Brotherhood of America, and the United Workmen.
In 1892, he married Miss Helen S. Evans, a native of Muncie, Ind., and they have a family of two children, viz.: Percy and Lewis.
Mrs. Wheeler is a native of Muncie, Ind., a daughter of Lewis D. Evans, now a resident of Moorhead.
C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.