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Henrietta "Retta" Applegate Adams
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1883
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 2, 1966
Billings
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA

Obit;
Mrs. Henrietta Adams, 83 of 4020 State Avenue, died Friday September 2, in St. Vincent's Hospital. She had ben ill health for four years.

Mrs. Adams was born in Missouri, January 27, 1883, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Applegate. At the age of three she traveled with the family to eastern Kansas (Beloit) by wagon hoping to restore the father's health. A year later the widowed mother and her three young daughters returned to make their home in Missouri. There Henrietta received her early education and a teaching certificate from the Warrensburg Normal Training School. She taught for nine year in several localities of Missouri. On August 19, 1907 she married John A Adams and came west to a newly opened homestead at the junction og yhe Clarksfork and the Yellow Rivers south of Laurel. Due to a shortage of certified teachers, she was asked and did teach in the old Byum School. The family moved to Billings in 1913.

Mrs. Adams devoted her life to her children. She was proud of her own education and determined that they too should have a good an education as was possible regardless of difficulties. She was practical and wise and guared well the health of her family nursing them through serious illnesses. Ever Concerned with the moral and spiritual development she kept them in what ever Sunday Schools, Bible Schools, and Christian groups that were available.

Children and young people have always been of prime interest to her. In many little unsung ways she helped them, a girl unable to appear in a program because inadequate dress, would appear well dressed in a remodeled dress of Henriettas or in a costume she created from scraps, a bruised spirit uplifted, or a helping hand to a young seamstress. Many children came regulary for help with their homework. Books and magazines were willingly loaned. Tearful little ones made happy with slices of bread and homemade jelly. As the children grew older she became their confident and counselor, always understanding and never condeming.

Flowers and gardens gave her pleasure as well as an opportunity to enjoy nature always and at some inconvenience, plants were kept growing in the house. Perhaps she missed the trees of her childhood or perhaps she remembered the treeless plains of Kansas and the slow passing of her father, but each new Montana home soon had planting of trees for shade and beauty.

Political affairs and education causes were of lively concern. She immediately made use of her franchise to vote and exercised it in every election, including the last general election. Some times she had to walk considerable distance through bad weather but she arriived at the polls and cast her vote, then returned home to awaite the final results. In later years, the one time in each week when her work might be neglected was the day when her national affairs magazine arrived.

She was strong in the face of adversity. Seeming insurmountable difficulties were faced and mastered. Hard times, ill health, disparaging personal problems were always worked out though not always painlessly. She had an imaginative and creative mind. A beautiful sunset, a developing seed, a flower bursting into bloom, a baby exploring his new world, a kitten tossing a ball were all sources of delight and a shared experience. She was skillful with her needle, able to design or alter clothes to the individual. In her early married life she had assisted in construction jobs and was very able with hammer, saw, and paintbrush so was able to construct things that she wanted to make. Many children now grown remember her delicious warm rolls and fresh loaves of bread which she occasionally shared with their family after a "good bakeing".

She leaves to honor her memors a daughter, Miss Helen D. Adams, and a son, John A. both at home, a step son William Adams, Lovell Wyoming, and a sister Mrs. Blanche Landess, Knobnoster, Missouri.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Laurence Applegate (1856 - 1887)
  Margaret Palestine Drinkwater Butler (1860 - 1924)
 
 Spouse:
  John Alpha Adams (1881 - 1958)*
 
 Children:
  Helen D. Adams (1909 - 1994)*
  John Alpheus Adams (1911 - 1984)*
 
 Siblings:
  Henrietta Applegate Adams (1883 - 1966)
  Eva Blanche Applegate Landess (1885 - 1970)*
  Ada Lawrence Applegate Butler (1887 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountview Cemetery
Billings
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA
 
Maintained by: Jerry Clark
Originally Created by: Lorna Kappel
Record added: Jun 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53370496
Henrietta Retta <i>Applegate</i> Adams
Added by: Lorna Kappel
 
Henrietta Retta <i>Applegate</i> Adams
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 Added: Sep. 6, 2010
 
 
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