A descendent of Elder William Brewster
of Plymouth, he was born on Feb. 23,1846 in Williamsburg, MA. Family
later moved to Collinsville, CT. Edward was a good student and had a
talent for painting and engraving. He attended the High School in
Collinsville and began work at the Collins Company at the age of 15.
He expected to go to the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale but
went to work as a bookkeeper in the Collins Company for 2 weeks at
age 16. The next year he became a draftsman, surveyor, and shipping
clerk in the Company. Sears married in June 1868. He and his wife
had 3 sons. In 1876, at age 30, he had charge of the Collins Company
exhibit at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. He devised a
clever method of fastening heavy tools in a velvet-lined case and
also improved on the Crocus finish so that the tools appeared
nickel-plated. In 1879 he was sent to Europe to check on trade-mark
infringements by a German firm and succeeded in winning a
settlement. By 1884 he was a Vice-president of the Collins Company
and in 1886, at age 39, became President , remaining in this office
until his death in 1907. He was a member of many business
organizations and a delegate at the Constitutional Convention in
Hartford in 1902-3. Among his accomplishments was the building of
the stone dam at Otis Reservoir, built to stand for a hundred years.
He was fond of music, had a good sense of humor and frequently
praised his workmen.