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William Robert "Bob" Adams
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1861
New Madrid County
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1918
New Madrid County
Missouri, USA

William Robert "Bob" Adams was the son of Alford Adams and Lorenza Dow Nicholas and the grandson of James Adams. He married three times, to Mary McElhaney, Bell White and Martha Roberts, and was the father of four children: Harrison, Emma, Alfred and Mary.

W. R. Adams Met Death in a Motor Car
Locomotive Struck the Car Chauffeur Robt Leatherberry, R. J. Miller and O. A. Cook

Last Tuesday morning, in response to a summons to circuit court, Constable W. R. ("Bob") Adams, R. J. Miller, real estate dealer, and O. A. Cook, city attorney, left our city at 7 o'clock a.m., on train No. 828, to go to New Madrid. They arrived at Lilbourn and found Robert Leatherberry, a young man 18 years of age, with a handsome big car and the party started to New Madrid about the same time the St. L. Sw. (Cotton Belt) train left for the same place.

The motor car driven by Leatherberry, and the train with F. M. Buck in the engine, sped along in sight of each other when the chauffeur undertook to outrun the train and make the crossing of the wagon road before the train reached it; but his speed was not sufficient and the perilous effort to cross the track in front of the locomotive resulted in a dreadful accident.

Conductor W. S. Korn was sitting in the smoker when the jar of the train roused him and he was appalled at the sight he witnessed when it stopped. He went to the automobile, which had been pushed by the engine for a block or more and was standing with the front end in the air, and first rescued the chauffeur, Robert Leatherberry, who was pinned under the steering wheel. He was taken to New Madrid where it was found that three ribs were broken and he was badly bruised.

W. R. Adams was in the back seat with Miller beside him and Cook next to Miller. The engine struck the car where Adams sat, crushed his skull and fractured both legs. Cook and Miller were badly bruised and were unconscious when picked up.

People of Lilbourn, where the dreadful accident happened, gathered at the scene of the wreck and provided all the aid possible for the injured. Miller was taken to the Smith home, Cook to the home of lawyer Perkins, and Dr. Jones took charge of Adams, who was hastened to the hospital at Cairo on the 10 o'clock train, accompanied by his son Alfred, and son-in-law Elmer Holman.

Mr. Miller came home on the afternoon train and was immediately taken in a car to his home where he is still confined to his bed suffering from bruises and shock. Mr. Cook, accompanied by Mrs. Cook, was brought home on a cot Tuesday evening. He is also confined to his bed from the same causes as Mr. Miller. Their many friends hope that both will soon be out again.

At the hospital, it was announced that Mr. Adams would not survive the night and an operation would not prolong his life. He died at 1 a.m. Wednesday and the body was embalmed and brought home that evening.

William Robert Adams was born August 10, 1861 in New Madrid County and always lived here, dying at the age of 57 years, 1 month and 14 days. He leaves a wife, four children, two sons, Alfred and Harrison and Mrs. Emma Holman, living here and Mrs. Mary Hardin, living in Christopher, Ill., two brothers, Al, of this city, and Taylor, of Magnum, Oklahoma and a sister-in-law and niece at Kennett.

He was a member of W. O. W. and carried insurance to the amount of about $5000. He was also a member of the Baptist church and the funeral services were held in that church, by Rev. W. K. Brunson, at 2 o'clock today and burial was had in the City Cemetery.

The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their dreadful affliction.

Published in the Southeast Missourian, Portageville, Missouri, September 20, 1918. 
Family links: 
  William Harrison Adams (1885 - 1950)*
  Emma Adams Holman (1888 - 1926)*
  Mary Delores Adams Cremeens (1892 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodmen of the World Memorial
Camp No. 321
Portageville Cemetery
Pemiscot County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 7
Created by: Karen Toellner
Record added: Jun 27, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5576936
William Robert Bob Adams
Added by: Karen Toellner
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 Added: Jun. 29, 2010

- Karen Toellner
 Added: Jun. 27, 2001

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