|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1859|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 1921|
The Daily Pantagraph, Thursday Morning, September 1, 1921
GEORGE M. ADAMS, RED MAN DEAD
RECOGNIZED LEADER IN THE STATE LODGE DIES, AGED 52, AT HOME ON NORTH MAIN STREET
EDITOR OF PUBLICATION
George M. Adams, aged 62 years, died at his home on North Main Street at 1:50 o'clock, yesterday morning, as a result on an illness with cancer and tumor. He submitted to an operation at the Mennonite hospital May 28, and since then failed rapidly.
Mr. Adams was the oldest son of Matthew and Matilda Adams, and was born on a farm near Lexington, Jan. 1, 1858. His early experience on the farm was limited as he left when he was 13 years old and went to Saybrook where he attended the public schools, later attending the State Normal University. Early in life he became interested in publication work and while a resident of Saybrook divided his time between teaching school at Four Corners and the Bush College districts and the editing of the Saybrook Gazette and the Arrowsmith News. In 1882 he moved to Bloomington and accepted a position with the Daily Bulletin as telegraph editor which position he held until he took charge of the Odd Fellows Herald. After several years he sold his paper to other interests and in 1900 he started a job printing plant and in 1902 founded the Illinois Red Man of which he remained editor until his death.
Mr. Adams became a member of several fraternal organizations and was very active in some of them. He was a thirty - second degree mason, a Modern Woodman, a K. of P., a Royal Neighbor, a member of the Typographical union, a Red Man, and the degree of Pocahontas. His career as a Red Man, was the more prominent, having joined as a member of the Tonawanda Tribe, No. 48, of Bloomington in the year 1885. He became a member of the state body in 1886 and was elected Great Keeper of Wampam, which position he resigned upon moving to Oklahoma, and year later he moved back to Bloomington and took up his work Redmanship and in 1919 he was elected G. J. S. of the G. C. of Illinois, and in 1920 G. S. S. and on Oct. 4, he would have become Great Sachem.
On Sept. 14, 1882, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie McKnight, to which union was born three sons, one of whom died in infancy; Fred H., of New York City, and Frank of Cincinnati, Ohio, servive. D. E. Adams, St. Louis, Dawson Adams, Decatur, and Mrs. George Robinson, of Springfield. Besides his immediate family and friends, there are thousands Red Men who morn the death of their incoming Great Sachem.
Words of praise of his work in the Red Men lodge comes from all parts of the state, especially since the Pow Wow which was held at Starved Rock August 20. The meeting there was a dream fathered by Mr. Adams and became a reality and a success through his efforts. The Junior Guards, a branch of the order was one of the features of the meeting. It was made possible by Mr. Adams for them to be there. It is said by those who were 'n close touch with his work, that it seemed at the last that the success of the Starved Rock meeting was his last ambition and a rapid decline followed when its success was assured.
The funeral ceremony will be given in the degree of Pocahontas. Beck's chapel on Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Services to be held from the M. E. church at Saybrook by the associated great chief of Illinois Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Tonawanda Tribe, No. 48, of which he was a member will conduct services at the grave at the Saybrook cemetery.
The Independent Gazette, Saybrook, Illinois, Wednesday, September 7, 1921
BURIED HERE FRIDAY
The remains of George M. Adams were brought here from Bloomington Friday and interred in the South cemetery (AKA Riverside Cemetery). Death came early last Wednesday morning, the result of an illness of several weeks with cancer and tumor. He was 62 years of age.
The deceased was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Adams and came to Saybrook when he was 12 years of age. Early in life he became interest in publication work and while a resident of this city divided his time between teaching school and editing the Saybrook Gazette and Arrowsmith News. Ye editor can thank, or blame, Mr. Adams, as the case may be, for his knowledge of the printing business, as he didn't know a thin space from a quoin key until induced by his old friend to play "printer's devil" with A. B. Stansbury. Yes, and on Sunday afternoon, up in the gallery of the M. E. church, George would try to point out the better way of life to a number of us young fellows who formed his Sunday school class. Of course George was human and had his faults, but he was a "friend" in all that the word implies, and we'll miss him mightily.
In 1882 he moved to Bloomington and accepted a position with the Daily Bulletin as telegraph editor which position he held until he took charge of the Odd Fellows' Herald. After several years he sold his paper to other interests and in 1900 he started a job printing plant and in 1902 founded the Illinois Red Man of which he remained editor until his death.
Mr. Adams became a member of several fraternal organizations and was very active in some of them. His career as Red Man, was the more prominent, having joined as a member of the Tonawanda Tribe, No. 48, of Bloomington in the year 1885. He became a member of the state body in 1886 and was elected Great Keeper of Wampum, which position he resigned upon moving to Oklahoma.
A year later he moved back to Bloomington and took up his work for Redmanship and in 1919 he was elected G. J. S. and on October 4, he would have become Great Sachem.
Matthew Adams (1822 - 1903)
Matilda Jane Henline Adams (1833 - 1911)
Margaret Jennie Mcknight Adams (1861 - 1946)*
Frank C Adams (1886 - 1963)*
Fred H. Adams (1889 - 1946)*
Temperance Delphine Adams Vercheval (1852 - 1919)*
George M Adams (1859 - 1921)
Dawson J. Adams (1862 - 1923)*
D. Eric Adams (1865 - 1931)*
Note: son of Mathew
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