From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 959

EDMOND R. BRISTOL, Chief Engineer Capitol Building; born in Loraine Co, Ohio, April 18, 1841; his father was a machinist. In 1850, his parents moved to Milwaukee, where Edmond was educated in the public schools. He enlisted in Co. C, 44th Ill. V.I., July 1, 1861, and was honorably discharged at Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 15, 1864. He was in seventeen engagements; wounded once slightly in the left ear. Since leaving the army, he has been constantly engaged as marine and stationary engineer, most of the time in Milwaukee. He was married, January 1865, to Miss Anna HOYE, formerly of England; they had five children - lost one son, by drowning in Monona Lake in 1877. He is a member of the I.O.O.F.; residence on Washington avenue; owns a home in Milwaukee. He has secured several patents, both for original inventions and for improvements. He is an experienced and skilled mechanic - a successful engineer. Great economy of fuel has resulted from changes and improvements made by himself in the mode of applying heat.

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