”RYALS, Edwin Cabell, 1876 Journalist. Final Year, 1897; Law.
Edwin Cabell Ryals, City Editor of the ‘Savannah Press,’ was born in Greenville, South Carolina, July 22, 1876, a son of Garland Mitchell and Anna Louise (Ware) Ryals. For many generations his paternal ancestors resided in Cumberland County, Virginia, while his maternal ancestors lived in Greenville County, South Carolina.
Edwin C. Ryals began his education in the public schools of Savannah, and was graduated in the high school with the class of 1893. He pursued his literary course until the completion of the work of the junior year in the University of Georgia, at Athens, after which he entered the Law School of the University of Virginia, completing the course by graduation in June, 1897. Entering upon the practice of his chosen profession, he gave to it close and assiduous attention until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, when he offered his services to the government, and became a Corporal in the Second Regiment of Georgia Infantry of the United States Volunteers. He continued with the regiment until mustered out after the cessation of hostilities, and with it was a member of the Savannah Volunteer Guards Battalion, a historic military command.
Because of ill health at the end of his military service, Mr. Ryals abandoned the Law and entered the field of journalism, becoming a member of the staff of the ‘Savannah Morning News,’ on which he served from January, 1899, until November, 1902. At the latter date he became City Editor of the ‘Savannah Press,’ and is thus representing the field of journalism in his city.
In social relations Mr. Ryals is well known and popular, holding membership with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the Coffee House Gub. He was Associate Editor of ‘College Topics’ in 1896, and Assistant Editor-inChief of ‘Corks and Curls’ in 1897, so that in his college days he was initiated into the line of work to which he is now giving his attention.”
Source: University of Virginia: Its History, Influence, Equipment and Characteristics, Vol. 2, by Barringer, Garnett and Page, Lewis Publishing Company, New York, 1904, page 344