Biographical Sketch of Edward K. Matlock
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EDWARD K. MATLOCK. – This young gentleman, a leading druggist of Mount Vernon, Washington, was born in Ohio in 1858. His father was a Methodist minister. The son traveled with him extensively; but at the age of eighteen, beginning to do for himself, he went South and found employment at a sugar refinery at Bellevue, Louisiana, and there, and at another sugar town, spent four years. The Southern climate, however, becoming disagreeable, he determined to try the famous atmosphere of Washington Territory. Coming as far as San Francisco on his way, he stopped at the metropolis of our coast a few months, employed in the store of Richardson Brothers. Falling ill there, he purchased a ticket for the sound, arriving in Skagit county in 1881. He made a start towards independent business by clerking for Clothier & English, of Mount Vernon, until 1887. Early in that year he opened a drug store in Mount Vernon, which he has since been successfully conducting. He has followed the policy of investing his surplus earnings in lands in the county of his adoption. He has been the recipient of public honors, twice having been elected to the position of county treasurer.