A biography/family history of Edward McConville, Whitefish, MT, is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, pages 861 and 862.
Edward was born, May 1856, in New York City, son of Arthur and Ann McConville.At Dubuque, IA, Edward enlisted in Company G, 11th Regiment, US Regular Infantry, and was sent to Vicksburg and to several places in the south.He received an honorable discharge at Galveston, TX.
In 1878, Edward came to Miles City, MT, to Helena, MT, to Bozeman where he drove a stage for the firm of Gilman and Salisbury until the advent of the Northern Pacific Railway which killed off the stage business. Edward worked as an expressman in Helena for a number of years, then was an express agent at Revelli, until the Great Northern Railway came in through Flathead country.In 1900, Edward, Anna, and Chester lived in Great Falls, MT. The family located to Kalispell, where Edward was an expressman, and then moved on to Whitefish, MT, where he bought land, platting a portion to residence lots along the Whitefish River.For his own home, he reserved 30 acres of land along the river and adjoining the townsite of Whitefish.
About 1896, Edward married Miss Anna Kirk, b. ca 1873, a native of Scotland:McConville children: Chester, George, Ruth (Mrs. Frank A. Landlief, Whitefish, MT).
Edward died 6 Jan 1928, Whitefish, MT Annie died, 14 Feb 1947, Whitefish, MT, burial in Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
Article in Helena Independent, 18 Oct 1926 PIONEER MESSENGER SUFFERS PARALYSIS Whitefish, Oct. 17--Edward McConville, old resident of Whitefish and one of the last Wells-Fargo express messengers of the early days of Montana, suffered a stroke of paralysis Saturday, the right side being affected. The attending physician has given the family hope that he may ultimately recover the use of his right arm and leg. Mr. McConville has been doubly afflicted as he is also suffering from eye cataract which makes him almost blind. -- I am not related.