|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1857|
|Death: ||Oct. 28, 1931|
From the 1911 book Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, pp. 868-870:
Jefferson T. Adamson
The subject of this sketch, a prosperous and well-to-do farmer of Hardin county, was born in Hardin township near his present place of abode on the 6th day of March, 1857, being the third of four children whose parents, Samuel and Lydia Ann (Cabb) Adamson, moved to this part of Iowa about 1850 and settled one and one-half miles north of Iowa Falls. Samuel Adamson was a native of Ohio and by occupation a tiller of the soil. On coming to Hardin county, he located on a prairie farm which he brought to a high state of cultivation and otherwise improved and by persevering industry and good management became in due time one of the leading agriculturists and representative men of the township honored by his citizenship. He did much to promote the material growth and prosperity of the locality in which he resided, and died in 1865, at the age of forty-two years, leaving a widow and four children, the names of the latter being as follows: Marietta, who married James Adamson, of Wetmore, Kansas; Sylvanus, a farmer living near Ambrose, North Dakota; Jefferson T., of this review; and Uree D., wife of Charles W. Harr, of Douglas, Wyoming. Some time after the death of Mr. Adamson, his widow married John W. Caldwell, an enterprising farmer who departed this life at his home south of Iowa Falls in 1890, since which time she has made her home with her children.
Jefferson T. Adamson spent his early life in his native township, and after his mother's second marriage lived with his step-father, Mr. Caldwell, until his eighteenth year. In the meantime he attended the public schools at intervals until acquiring a knowledge of the branches taught therein and while still quite young learned the important lesson of self-reliance and began laying plans for his future. Having decided to become a tiller of the soil, for which he early manifested a strong predilection, he purchased, when eighteen years of age, a part of his present farm in Hardin township and, addressing himself manfully to its cultivation, soon forged to the front among the most enterprising and successful young farmers of the community. Subsequently he was enabled to add to his farm until it now includes one hundred and sixty acres of fine land, the productiveness of which has been greatly enhanced by more than twenty-three hundred rods of drain tiling, while the buildings and other improvements are among the best in the township. In addition to raising all the grains, vegetables and fruits grown in this latitude, Mr. Adamson devotes a great deal of attention to live stock. In the matter of swine, he has earned a reputation much more than local, his fine Poland-China, Duroc and other superior breeds of hogs being among the best in Hardin county and yielding him every year a large portion of his earnings.
Mr. Adamson is a man of progressive ideas and tendencies and by adopting modern methods of farming and keeping in close touch with the more advanced thought on the matter of agriculture and stock raising he has achieved success such as few attain and is today in independent circumstances and among the financially solid and well-to-do men of this section of country. Additional to his real estate in Hardin county, he owns a half section of excellent land in Burleigh county, North Dakota, which is increasing rapidly in value, these holdings, with a large amount of personal property, constituting an ample competence for his present necessities and a safe-guard against any future exigency that might possibly arise. Although deeply interested in the development and growth of his township and county and identified with various utilities, he is not a public man nor a seeker after the honors or emoluments of office; nevertheless, he has filled various local positions from time to time, including that of township trustee, and for several years past he has been a director and leading spirit in the Farmers' Creamery at Iowa Falls.
Mr. Adamson was married at the age of twenty-six to Laura McConnell, of New Providence, Hardin county, Iowa, who died ten years later, leaving four children to mourn her loss, namely: Luella, a professional nurse of Kansas City, Missouri; Mary, a teacher in the public schools and a member of the home circle; Hattie, who is also engaged in educational work; and Laura, an accomplished teacher of music and, like her sisters, still residing under the parental roof. In December, 1890, Mr. Adamson was united in marriage to Belle McLerry, of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, the union being blessed with one child, Alice, a bright young miss of thirteen years of age.
Fraternally, Mr. Adamson is an Odd Fellow and his wife is a member of the Rebekah degree lodge of the order, and religiously, they are identified with the Methodist Episcopal church.
Samuel Adamson (1823 - 1865)
Lydia Ann Cobb Caldwell (1832 - 1911)
Laura McConnell Adamson (1858 - 1889)
Luella Adamson Thompson (1884 - 1958)*
Mary E Adamson (1851 - 1950)*
Sylvanus W. Adamson (1854 - 1934)*
Jefferson Thomas Adamson (1857 - 1931)
Uree D. Adamson Horr (1863 - 1931)*
Created by: Laura Aske
Record added: Jun 20, 2011
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