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Robert Adair
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1854
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1899
Harris County
Texas, USA

Married Miss Nellie Tobi of Groesbeeck December 30, 1878.

Aug 14, 1899 in the Houston Daily News. "Robert Adair is dead.
"Last night at 8:35, after a long struggle against an insidious disease, one of the best known and most popular men in all Houston breathed his last. His death, while by no means unexpected, came in the nature of a sad shock to those who knew and loved him, and many a tear was shed and many a word of grief was spoken when it became known that he had finally passed away. The end came when his wife and daughters and other members of his family were gathered at his bedside. Every effort had been made to save his life during the months he had been ill, but all were futile. Tender, loving nursinf and the skillfull ministrations of the medical men in charge were of no avail agaist the resistless onslaught of the dread disease, known as "galloping" consumption, against which the sick man had contended for so long.

" There were few men, if any, in Houston who were better known or better liked than Robert Adair, or "Bob," as he was more familiarly known. He had been identified with the porogress of the city for so long that he had almost become a part of it, and his genial, sunny disposition and his kindly nature had made friends for him of all with whom he had come in contact. His death is mourned on all sides and bereaved members of his family have the sympathy and condolences of almost numberless friends and acquaintances, who feel that in his death they have suffered an irreparable loss.

"It was on account of his extreme popularity that he was tendered the office of city assessor and collector, and during his continuation in that position he but increased his popularity by his extreme liberality. No friend in need ever went to "Bob" Adair and left him empty-handed. He was convivial to a fault and his ever happy, congenial temperament was ever in evidence. Always happy and jovial in his disposition, his life was like a continuous ray of sunshinem cheering by its brightness all with whom he came in contact. But the warmth of his congenial nature is now cold in death and many a heart will bleed today to learn that "Bob" Adair, whom everybody loved, is no more.

"The deceased was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on August 24, 1854, and was therefore closely approaching his 45 birthday at the time of his death. He moved. with his parents, to Chicago at the age of 7 years and received his education in the public schools of that city. After finishing his school days, his first employment was with an electrical instrument factory, which position he resigned to accept one with the Chicago office of the New York Life Insurance company, with whom he remained until the summer of 1875, when, accompanied by his brother James H Adair, he came to Texas, landing in Houston on July 4 of that year.

"Although he had no former acquaintance in the city, within a few hours after his arrival he numbered his friends by the score, for it was in that year that the old R E Lee baseball club was organized, and "Bob," being an expert catcher, was at once recognized as a valued acquisition to the club and soon became the most popular member of the organization. The friendly rivavlry between the clubs of Galveston and Houston in those days afforded much pleasure to lovers of baseball.

"Within a few days after his arrival here he secured a position with the Houston and Texas Central railway inder Superintendent Charles Burton, and was soon appointed general baggage master, which position he held for over ten years, resigning in 1885. He then embarked in the commission business with Major Gallagher, but withdrew in April 1886, to accept the appointment of city assessor and collector tendered him by Hon. Dan Smith, the then mayor, the office at that time being an appointive one. He continued in that office for eight years under Mayors Smith, Scherffiusand Browne, being succeed by the lamented Justin C White in 1894. He was elected alderman from the Fourth ward in 1896 and served as such during the administration of ex-Mayor Baldwin Rice.

"The deceased possessed a tenor voice of great merit and during his lifetime was a member of probably every male singing society ever organized in the city. He sang for years in the choir of the Church of the Annunciation and at various times was connected with the old Leiderkrantz, the Grunewald quartette, the Houston quartette and Glee club and numerous other organizations of a like character. He was always in demand whenever any entertainment of a musical character was being given, and thousands have been delighted and entertained by his fine voice.

"During the days of the old volunteer fire department the deceased was a prominent member of the hook and ladder company and always active in forwarding the interests of that organization.

"On December 30, 1878, the deceased married Miss Nellie Tobin, of Groesbeeck, who with her daughters, Miss Mellie and Miss Tot, survive him. He also has a brother and a sister living in this city, Mr James H Adair and Mrs John T Lockman. Another brother, George L Adair lives in Lincoln, Neb., and two married sisters reside in New York. All of these were notified by wire last night of the death of their beloved relative.

"Funeral services will be held at the late residence of the deceased, on the corner of Main street and Lamar avenue, at 4 o'clock this afternoon. From the house the cortege will proceed to the Sacred Heart church, where, at 4:30, services will also be held. The internment will be made in Glenwood and the services will be conducted by Rev. Father Lee.

"The pallbearers will be G W Scheultz, Cliff Grunewald, George A Gibbonsm W C Oliver, Gus Fredericks, JO Carr, L J Tuffly and O P Jackson." 
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  Nellie Adair (____ - 1902)
  Nellie Emma Adair Cobb (1880 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
Glenwood Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sec D-2, Plot 125
Created by: Gene Ford
Record added: Oct 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78690218
Robert Adair
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