Sep. 23, 1866 Yates City Knox County Illinois, USA
Sep. 21, 1921 Galesburg Knox County Illinois, USA
Chairman, Red Cross Canteen; member of County Registration Board, first Registration Board
Knox County Clerk from April, 1901 until his death in 1921.
On the roster of county officials in Knox county appears the name of Frank L. Adams, who is now filling the office of county clerk, in which connection he is making a creditable record by the prompt, capable and systematic manner in which he is meeting the duties that devolve upon him. Illinois numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Yates City, September 23, 1866. His grandfather, William L. Adams, was one of the pioneer settlers of this county, to which he removed when he left his native state of Ohio and sought a home in Illinois. To provide for his family he followed various pursuits. His wife died soon after the removal to Knox county but William L. Adams lived to an advanced age. In the family were three sons and two daughters: Wilson; John W.; Henry; Jennie, the wife of Edward Phillips; and Anna, living in Mulvane, Kansas. The first named, Wilson Adams, was born in Ohio and was but a young lad when his parents moved westward to Knox county, where he has since resided. Lie was reared in Yates City and vicinity and there learned the harness maker's trade, which he followed as long as he was able to work. He has since lived retired in Yates City save for a period of five years spent in Galesburg. He was a soldier for a time during the progress of the Civil war and engaged in guard duty in Chicago. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party, with which he has voted since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He wedded Jane Kerns, also a native of Ohio and a daughter of Alexander Kerns, who was born in that state and made one of the first settlements in Knox county, Illinois, building one of the earliest homes at Yates City. He followed the blacksmith's trade. Both he and his wife lived to an advanced age and passed away in this county. They had two daughters, Jane and Emma, the latter now the widow of Stephen J. Johnson. The former became the wife of Wilson Adams and the mother of two children, Frank L. and Cora, but the latter died at the age of two years. Frank L. Adams was reared in Yates City and always resided there until 1890, when he came to Galesburg. He had attended the public schools there and after starting out in the business world had followed merchandising for a number of years. His capability for public office was appreciated by M. O. Williamson, who appointed him to the position of deputy county clerk, in which capacity he served until 1901, when Mr. Williamson resigned to enter the office of state treasurer. Mr. Adams was then appointed to the vacant position by the board of supervisors and in 1901 assumed the position, to which he was regularly elected in the following April. For ten years he has now held this position, his reelections coming to him as the unequivocal expression of the high regard reposed in him and appreciation for the worth and fidelity that he has ever displayed in office. Mr. Adams was married on the 7th of November, 1884, to Miss Annie D. Houser, a daughter of William H. and Sarah (Merchant) Houser. Mrs. Adams was born in Yates City, her parents having become early settlers of Knox county. Both died at Yates City, her father on the 3d of September, 1903, and her mother in 1883. They had a family of five children: Mary and Martha, twins; Laura; and Annie and Nellie, twins. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Adams have been born a daughter, Emma Marie, who is a graduate of the Galesburg high school and is now attending the Conservatory of Music at Knox College. Mr. Adams has always been a stanch advocate of the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and for several years was chairman of the Knox county republican central committee, in which connection he put forth earnest and effective effort to advance the growth and insure the success of the party. He belongs to Galesburg Lodge, No. 894, B. P. O. E., and also to the Galesburg Business Men's Club, being interested in the movement to promote the business activity and enhance the welfare of the city.