Edward Charles Arthur was born on November 29, 1856 in the Bay of Quinte District, Ontario. He died in Nelson on July 6 1932. He was a founder of Nelson school system, city administrator, mining manager, ex soldier and Nelson city medical health officer. He came to Nelson in 1890 as a doctor on the CPR construction of the railway from Castlegar to Nelson. A founder of the Nelson Board of Trade, member of the Odd Fellows order and grand master of the grand lodge of British Columbia Freemasons. He served as a medical captain in the First World War. He was married to a Dr. Isabel Arthur.