|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1871|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 1937|
Rocky Mountain House
Dave was born in Illinois in 1871. Dave's mother, Lucinda Brock Adams, died when he was very young, and his sisters looked after him until Elias remarried. Elias's marriage was not very good for the children of Lucinda. Elias moved to Kansas in 1873. Stepmother, Mrs. Fisher/Adams was very mean and all the Adams children that could get out, did.
Dave was very young and was very abused by Mrs. Fisher. Finally, when Dave was about 9 or 10, the stepmother told Elias to get rid of him or she would poison him. Elias gave Dave to his son, George and wife Cassie. They took him in as if he was one of their own, giving him a loving home. On 2/29/1891, Dave borrowed $6.00 from his brother, secured by a note. That was in Osman, IL. In 1895, he and another man drove a wagon and team from Kansas to Tioga, ND, near White Earth.
He later worked for his brother in law in Jewell, Iowa. Poll tax records for Feb 3, 1898 show Dave was in Hamilton Co., IA. He was 26 at the time and had one horse worth $40. The County was good to him and only taxed him on 1/4 of the value, or $10. It also shows he had been in the military, but I have no records of that. However, March 26, 1900 he signed a note with the Deering Harvester Co., in Brainard, MN, for fourty dollars with his brother JC Adams. This was at Fort Ripley, MN.
He later worked in the lumber camps in Minnesota for a couple years. He worked on the RR for a few years out of Williston, ND, until he filed on a 1/4 section of land 14 miles out of Tioga, about 1904. He land there through 1910, at least. His future wife, Jenny had filed a claim about 1907 near White Earth. In 1907 he was in Tioga, ND.
Dave left White Earth about 1912 with his father in law, Jonathan Gardiner, by emigrant train for Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada where land was free and there were no taxes. Dave hired the boxcar and brought cattle, horses and Grandpa Gardiner's team of oxen. Also included were all the machinery and furniture.
The train stopped every night to water and pasture the stock. The trip took about 2 weeks. Grandma Gardiner, Jenny, Catherine, and Aunt Laura, who was 15, moved on a passenger train and waited in Red Deer. Once at Rocky they rented a house and farm from near Evarts for about a year until the house, barn, and well were completed. The first place they filed on, sight unseen, turned out to be mostly under water in the Diamond Valley. Next, they homesteaded on S.E. 28-38-6 W 5th. They moved in the spring of 1913. It was a five day round trip from Red Deer and one day from Rocky Mountain House.
They lived in Arbutus with the exception of four years in Calgary, 1925-29, until Dave died of a heart attack in 1937. Jenny was an invalid the last eight years of her life.
Elias Henry Adams (1832 - 1915)
Sarah Jane Gardiner Adams (1876 - 1942)
Catherine Marie Adams Pryor (1911 - ____)*
Sherwood Brock Adams (1852 - 1914)*
William Alexander Adams (1855 - 1887)*
George Washington Adams (1857 - 1923)*
John Columbus Adams (1861 - 1943)*
Delilah M. Adams Smith (1863 - 1926)*
David Wells Adams (1871 - 1937)
Bertha Adams (1882 - 1961)*
Arthur Adams (1885 - 1930)*
Maude Adams Millington (1889 - 1986)*
Pine Grove Cemetery
Rocky Mountain House
Rocky Mountain House Census Division
Created by: Doug Wollan
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37901701
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