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Jesse Martin Adams
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Birth: Dec. 29, 1875
Death: May 10, 1925, France

Jesse M. Adams, owner-editor of The Plainview News, wrote from Ceylon, India shortly before his death May 10, 1925, "There is not a more princely set of fellows in the world than the Plains newspaper "bunch" and the work they are doing in developing their communities is beyond measure." In this, one of the last editorials Adams wrote while on a world tour, his mind was turning to the Panhandle country which held so many of his friends and loved ones. Jesse Martin Adams, the elder son of Rebecca Almeda Walker and John Adams Adams, whose father was Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana platation owner, was born in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. He grew up and attended school there and in nearby Dublin. He began work in a printshop at the age of 14. Several years later he moved to Coleman where he purchased a newspaper plant on his own. There he met Hallye Earle Forson. She was the daughter of Mary Pauline (Cravens) and Benjamin Fortson, who were also parents of Ben Cravens Fortson and an infant son, Earl, who preceded the young father Ben J. Fortson in death. Mary Pauline was the daughter of Judge Cravens and Mary Alford Cravens of Palestine, Texas. Widowed by the death of Ben Fortson after several years of marriage, Mary Pauline and her two young children, Ben and Hallye continued to live in Corsicana. She later met and married Halkert Alford (H.A.) Halbert on December 14,1884. Halbert was a practicing attorney and published a newspaper, The Corsicana Light. The family then moved to Coleman in 1886, where Hallye was reared and met the Coleman newspaperman Jesse Adams.

Jesse and Hallye married December 29, 1898. They moved to Comanche in early 1900 and Jesse became owner-editor of the Pioneer Exponent. Their only child, Sayde Earle, was born there November 12, 1900. In January, 1911 they moved to Plainview where Jesse purchased The Plainview News, whose forerunner was founded in 1890 as the Texas Press, to serve both Hale County and Lubbock. The News was published as a weekly, then became a semi-weekly.

The Adams family quickly became involved in the Plainveiw community. Both Jesse and Hallye were excellent Bible scholars and were devoted and loyal members of First Christian Church. Jesse was a charter member of Plainview Chamber of Commerce, which he was serving as first vice president of at the time of his death, a director of Guaranty State Bank of Plainview and a member of the Rotary Club. Daughter Sadye Earle attended Plainview schools, graduating from the High School in 1917. The family home was at 608 West 9th Street. It was there that Hallye was fatally burned December 14, 1920, while attempting to extinguish a fire started accidentally. Following his wife's death, Jesse continued to publish The Plainview News, and he and Sadye Earle traveled extensively.

Sadye Earle and Edward Quinby (E.Q.) Perry, son of Edward Hawes Perry and Ada Henriette Perry of Manhattan, Kansas were married in Fort Worth at the home of her cousin, Sadye and John F. Garrison. They restored the Adams home and lived their all their married life. In 1922 E.Q. joined his father-in-law in publishing The News.

Jesse wrote graphic and detailed articles from datelines in New Mexico; Arizona; San Francisco; Honolulu, Hawaii; Yakahama, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Japan; Shanghai, Hong Kong; Canton, China; Manila, Phillipine Islands; Singapore, Maylay Island; Colombo, Island of Ceylon, Calcutta, India; and a final article of his public writing was descriptions of India's teaming millions and its three religions: Mohammedanism, Hinduism and the Janins. Clippings published by The News of his 1925 articles written while abroad were preserved in a scrapbook compiled by his daughter, Sadye Earle.

While crossing India, Jesse contracted influensa. However, he continued his journey through Egypt and the Holy Lands, his most sincere wish being to visit the birthplace of Christianity. Suffering a relapse, pronounced by his English doctor as bronchitis, Jesse decided to return home, sailing May 3 from Port Said. En route to France and home, a port of call was made at Naples, Italy, were he became worse, and was advised by ship's doctors to stop in Toulon, France, where it was warm and restful on the Riviera. He arrived at Toulon's hotel, then to the Clinique, where he was diagnosed as having accute pleuresy. He died there May 10, 1925. When the train bearning Jesse M. Adams' body arrived in Plainview from Freeport, Texas, the station platform was crowded with people from every walk of life, all faiths and callings. It was said that "Mr. Adams was of the common people and wrote and spole a language that made him understood by everyone." His death was noted in numerous editorials across the Plains and Texas by fellow newsmen in both the Panhandle and Texas Press Associations of which he had been past president and a staunch supporter during his newspaper career. He was eulogized by his fellow journalists for his "trenchant pen" - bold, incisive, clear cut, determined, energetic, purposeful, compassionate.

Following funeral services at the First Christian Church, Jesse was buried by Hallye in the Plainview Cemetery. Pall bearers were R.C. Joiner, E.T. Coleman, W.W. Thompson, D.L. Miller, E.H. Bawden, Frank Butler, all of Plainview; H.C. Randolf of Amarillo, and F.H. Oberthier of Hereford. Honorary pall bearers included Charles A. Pierce, R.A. (Archie) Underwood, J.I. Jacobs, L.S. Kinder, C.B. Harder, Dr. C.D. Woffoard,Sr., Carl Goodman, Harry Fritz and Peyton B. Randolph.

Durnign his final trip abroad Jesse wrote back home, "This trip is make me a better Christian than I have ever been and a better American." He often stated that traveling in foreign countries made him more fond of the Plains and its people. After Jesse's death his son-in-law E.Q. Perry continued to publish The News until March 1929 when he and E.B. Miller and Herbert S. Hilburn of The Herold, another semi-weekly consolidated into a partnership and became the Herald-News Publishing Company, Inc., publishers of the Plainview Evening Herald, which is the forerunner of the present Plainveiw Daily Herald. By Jessica Perry Standly, Jesse M. Adams' granddaughter. 
Family links: 
  John Adams Adams (1845 - 1897)
  Rebecca Almeda Walker Adams (1850 - 1934)
  Hallye Earle Fortson Adams (1878 - 1920)*
  Sadye Earle Adams Perry (1900 - 1973)*
  Jesse Martin Adams (1875 - 1925)
  Grace Estelle Adams McIlroy (1882 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: b. Stephenville
Plainview Cemetery
Hale County
Texas, USA
Plot: Block 203 Space 4 Lot 6
Maintained by: Perry Baker Hall
Originally Created by: ATK
Record added: Feb 01, 2010
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Jesse Martin Adams
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