|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1908|
|Death: ||Mar., 1969|
Russell Adair was the son of Silas Adair and Olive M. Adair. He was my (maternal) grandpa's cousin. Russell was raised in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Most likely he was named for his father's brother Russell, a gent who served with gallantry in WWI and who did drafting and engineering work.
Conshohocken is just down the road from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and a record for a Russell N. Adair had been found there, indicating this was perhaps his last residence. Once I found Russell's sister's place of rest, and confirmed he was in the same cemetery grouping, and had died the same year that I had earlier found, it made me sure I had found the right gent.
It had not been known if he married or had children, though other Adairs do indeed show up as having lived in Plymouth Meeting. Then the 1940 census was made public and we see Russell and his wife Hannah living on Spring Mill Road in Conshohocken. Just like Russell's mom, his wife is a school teacher, at a grade school. Russell himself owns a plumbing business.
His sister's good friend and "adopted" daughter (that is, not formally adopted, but a younger person who looked after her in later years) says she believes she recalls being told that Russell died of a heart attack. She did not think Russell had had children, was unsure if he had ever married.
In November of 2013 I got access to archives of the Conshohocken Recorder, and it seems like (at least for a time) Russell took over his father's painting contracting business - the ads feature his name but the same old 512 Harry Street location. He served a long period at the front in WWII and was hospitalized for combat exhaustion. In 1940 he bought (and at least as of 1952 he lived at) Butler Pike in Cold Point, Pennsylvania. His wife's name prior to marriage is given as Hannah Betteridge.
More info is being sought presently. It's hoped once I get to the cemetery I can firm up his death data and find an obituary to tell his life story.
Silas Graffe Adair (1883 - 1927)
Olive M MacCollum Adair (1884 - 1975)
Gulph Christian Cemetery
Plot: Section D, Lot 441.
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Aug 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40844782
Lisa Fidler Walter
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