EDGEWOOD — Living in Edgewood for more than 60 years has given resident Ted Vinson a unique perspective on the small town just west of Anderson. He used that experience to write a brand-new book on the history of Edgewood.
“Remembering Edgewood, 1926-2013,” which was commissioned by the Madison County Historical Society, takes a look at the birth and growth of the town though Vinson’s eyes, who was there to see most of it.
Madison County Historian Stephen Jackson said nothing solid was known about the history of Edgewood other than hearsay. He said the society asked the Delco Remy retiree to write the book because he had the knowledge very few people had.
“We were fortunate enough to have someone like Ted. Edgewood has evolved in his time there,” Jackson said. “He gave us a perspective from the inside out.”
Jackson said the book is a valuable piece of history for the county. He said it is rare to find someone like Vinson who has such a knowledge of a particular town.
“It’s very rare to have people like Ted who are still alive,” Jackson said. “This is a really significant contribution to the county.”
Vinson, who is now 90, said he enjoys telling stories, which was the driving force behind his book. And as a 63-year resident, he has plenty of stories to tell.
“I wanted people to know what I know,” Vinson said. “Nobody knew much about it and I hoped people would enjoy getting some stories about Edgewood.”
Vinson said it has been quite an experience growing up with the town. The town, which was incorporated in 1930, has grown from just a few people to thousands. He joked that even the trees around his house on Donnelly Drive make him feel old.
“There’s some trees I helped plant and they were no bigger around than this candle,” Vinson said, gesturing at a candle on his coffee table. “Now they’re so big I can’t get my arms around them.”