MCCONNELL, EDWARD. - Springfield is the center of many and varied interests, but perhaps none commands the attention and energy of more men than that represented by the working of the coal mines in the vicinity. Not only are hundreds employed in the actual work of mining, but the shipment of the coal, the use of machinery and providing for the wants of those thus engaged, create immense demands. One of those interested in mining and kindred lines is Edward McConnell, who, as his name indicates, is a native of Scotland, having been born at Stirling, July 17, 1872. He is a son of Edward and Elizabeth (Hickey) McConnell, natives of Ireland and Scotland. The father was also a miner, who came from Scotland to Lexington, Mo., in 1881, and ha made that locality his home ever since.
Edward McConnell was brought up in Lexington, where he learned to work in the mines. Whenever he discovered opportunity and could afford time, he eagerly indulged in outdoor sports, but was early forced to earn his own living. In 1900 he left Lexington, coming to Springfield, which place has since been his home.
Mr. McConnell has six brothers and sisters: Willie, John, Patrick, Letitia, Mary and Sarah, and one of the brothers served in the Spanish-American War. Since he cast his first vote, Mr. McConnell has been a Democrat, and has always tried to advance the interests of his home town, but otherwise has not identified himself with public affairs. In religious faith, he is a Catholic. He is unmarried. He is regarded as an upright, honorable young man, whose word can always be relied upon. He belongs to the Order of the Red Men, the Hibernians and United Mine Workers, and is active in these societies, where he is deservedly popular.