|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1813|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1879|
I am listing this stone because it is a memorial to the Founder of Shellrock. George Washington Adair. He died in Smith Kansas and is buried there FAG# 52958846
George W. Adair was born in Lexington, Virginia, October 31st, 1813. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Ohio and in that State his early life was passed. When he was seventeen years of age, the family moved to La Grange county, Indiana. Here he continued his education in the common schools, and helped his father work their farm. At the age of twenty-six, he moved to Iowa and settled near Muscatine. At that place he was married, January 17th, 1841, to Miss Elizabeth Smith, who was a native of Ohio.
In 1853, as before stated, they came to Shell Rock, being the first settlers on the town plat, and moved into their log cabin on the first day of June. Soon after their settlement here, Mr. Adair began the erection of a saw mill, and in the fall of 1854, laid out the village of Shell Rock, he having entered the land upon which it now stands. He was of the democratic party, and although not caring for office, he always took an active part in his country's politics.
Mr. Adair, in company with others, built both grist mills of the town and his great aim in life was the building up of a village of which he was the founder and pioneer settler. He died while on a visit to Kansas, on the 4th day of September, 1879. His wife still survives him and is the oldest living settler of the village.
Nine children were born to them – Mary Jane, now the wife of Ephraim Town; John, now living in Winnipeg; Lucy A., now the wife of R. D. Bowen, of Kansas; George, living at Shell Rock; Walter, living in Clarinda, Iowa; Elizabeth, now the wife of Allen Allburn, of Sioux City; Sadie, Blanche and Nettie.
Source: History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa
Union Publishing Co., Springfield, IL, 1883
Elizabeth Ellen Smith Adair (1824 - 1902)
Mary Jane Adair Town (1841 - 1895)*
Created by: Meri Jo "Parks" Clark
Record added: Nov 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79977715