Edward Talbot grew up on the south side of Chicago near 17th and Wentworth. His parents owned a saloon prior to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Edward and his two brothers helped their parents with the business. After the Fire, the area was redeveloped and Edward began his railroad career downtown. The family were parishioners at Old St. Patrick's Church on Des Plaines. He married Katherine Rooney in 1880 at Holy Name Cathedral on State Street. Their daughter Marie was born at 4132 S. Wabash, while they were living with his parents Thomas and Hannah during the Gilded Age.
Michael M. Byczek is the great-grandson of Edward and Katherine Talbot and has a collection of family photographs including their wedding portrait.
Edward Talbot began his railroad career as a clerk, and ran a real estate business in downtown. In the early 1900s, he invested in converting cable cars on some of his real estate parcels. Edward passed away in 1908. His daughter Marie spent her early adult years with his brother-in-law John Rooney in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.