Phillips, Edwin E[verett]
- (1864–1918)HPL’s maternal uncle; the only son of Whipple V.Phillips and Robie A.Place Phillips. He was associated with Whipple in the Snake River Co. and the Owyhee Land and Irrigation Co. in the 1890s. He married Martha Helen Mathews on July 30, 1894, divorced her, and remarried her on March 23, 1903. He was variously employed as rent collector, real estate agent, operator of the Edwin E.Phillips Refrigeration Co., etc. According to HPL, he “lost a lot of dough for my mother and me in 1911” ( SL3.367). HPL never mentions his uncle’s death in any surviving correspondence, leading one to suspect that he was not close to him.
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