EDWIN WATSON YULE. One of the important factors in the business life of Alexandria, and an enterprise which has added materially to the prestige of this city as a manufacturing center, is that of the Alexandria Paper Company, which was founded here in July, 1900. Much of the success of this enterprise may be accredited to the efforts of its capable and popular secretary and treasurer, Edwin Watson Yule, whose location here occurred simultaneously with that of the business and who has become widely known in manufacturing circles. Mr. Yule is a Canadian, having been born in the Province of Ontario, in 1874, and is a son of Andrew and Mary (Watson) Yule, the former still a resident of the Dominion and an employee of the British government. There were five children in the family Watson, John C., Edwin Watson, E. B. and Walter S.
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Edwin Watson Yule received his preliminary educational training in the public schools of Ontario, following which he took a course in a commercial college in the city of Toronto. Being well trained in stenography, he secured a position with a manufacturing concern at Aurora, Ontario, in the employ of which he remained four years, and succeeding this he spent one year with a like business at Mount Forrest, Ontario. Mr. Yule came to the United States to enter the services of a paper manufacturing concern of Menasha, Wisconsin, in connection with which, two years later, he came to Alexandria, and assisted in the establishment of the Alexandria Paper Company, He has continued to be identified with this business to the present time and through marked ability has risen to his present position, that of secretary and treasurer of this important enterprise, In the management of the affairs of this business, Mr. Yule has displayed the possession of those qualities which make for success in any of the walks of life-shrewdness, versatility, perseverance and close application, and among his associates he is recognized as one to whom they may look for advice and leadership. He is essentially a business man and has never cared for the activities of the public arena, but has found diversion in fraternal circles as a valued member of the local lodge of Elks.
On July 17, 1902, Mr. Yule was married to Miss Georgina Lemon, who was also born in Canada, a daughter of George and Sophia (Meek) Lemon, They have no children, Mr. Yule is a member of the Christian church and Mrs. Yule of the Episcopal church, and they have numerous friends in their congregations, The family home is located at Alexandria.