Edwin Mercer, traveling engineer for the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, was born in Dover, N. H., January 22, 1841 and is a son of Josiah Mercer. Mr. Mercer settled in St. Louis in 1859, where he resided until the fall of 1883 when he removed and located in De Soto. He received a common school education, and has been in the employ of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad for many years. He was first engaged as a brakeman on freight trains, then wiped engines, subsequently fired, and still later was employed as an engineer for eight or ten years. In 1873 he was promoted to his present
position, that of traveling engineer on the Missouri Division. October 28, 1876 he married Elizabeth Annie Wilson, daughter of John Wilson, a machinist of South St. Louis. Mrs. Mercer was born in England, and is a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Mercer is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Odd Fellows and the Legion of Honor.