Edward H. Lee, Senior member of the wholesale confectionery firm of Lee brothers, of Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan, was born in 1865, at Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, and is a son of Thomas and Marie (Kenna) Lee, the former of whom was born at Kildare, Ireland, where his parents lived and died.
Thomas Lee (his father), upon coming to America, settled in the State of New York. In 1840 he removed to Genesee County, Michigan, as one of the sawyers in one of the large mills of that locality. Our subject is the sixth member in a family of nine children born to his parents, namely: Thomas, a farmer at Aberdeen, South Dakota; Mary, wife of Thomas Murphy, who was one of the volunteer firemen in the early days of the fire department at Flint, Michigan, and who now lives on his farm at Putney, South Dakota; Margaret, wife of Frank Holmes, a railroad conductor on the Grand Trunk Railway, residing at Port Huron, Michigan; William, a railroad man living at Flint, Michigan; Ellen, wife of George Walcott, a stationary engineer at Flint, Michigan; James, a resident of Flint, Michigan, who is a commercial traveler for a grocery house of Saginaw, Michigan; John, who was formerly associated with our subject, but is now a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Bertie, wife of Bayles Riker, of Flint, Michigan. The firm of Lee Brothers was started in 1890, for the manufacture of confectionery ice cream and bakery goods at Quincy and Montezuma streets, Hancock. They sold that plant later on, and located at their present place in 1901, purchasing the commodious and suitable building they now occupy. The business is in a flourishing condition, their goods meeting with ready sale through a wide territory. On May 27, 1902, Mr. Lee was united in marriage to Etta Shelton of Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Lee's portrait accompanies this sketch.