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Alonzo Adams
Birth: Oct. 29, 1814
Genesee County
New York, USA
Death: May 2, 1898
Fillmore County
Minnesota, USA

Obituary - Rushford Star (Rushford, MN), May 5, 1898

We regret to learn of the death, Monday morning, May 2, 1898, of Alonzo Adams, for many years host of the popular Adams House at Rushford. He was born in Genesee county, N.Y., Oct 29, 1814. July 10, 1845, he married Miss Betsey Barton of Chautauqua county. In 1854 they came west and located in Yucatan township, Houston county, Territory of Minnesota, remaining there until January, 1866, when they removed to the village of Rushford and established the “Adams House” which was kept open until death removed the much respected founder. We knew Mr. Adams intimately from the year he moved into Rushford until his death. He was a good citizen and a true friend. His domestic relations were the most harmonious. In his house guests always found a home. The widow and children have our warmest sympathy.
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From “The Yucatan Valley, in the Early Day, by One Then and There,” by Captain Samuel B. McIntire, l901, pages 55-56. Source: Houston Co. [MN] Historical Society

"Still farther down the Valley and near where the stone school house now stands, Alonzo Adams, called "Uncle Lon", nicknamed "By Goll" - his favorite expression when excited - and his wife Betsey erected their little log home

“Uncle Lon was an expert with the rifle which he made good use of, particularly on the many deer that then roamed the hills and valley.

"He took life easy, was fond of a stroll over the bluffs, and every nook and corner of which he knew, and enjoyed a social chat with his neighbors, either on politics, or the war later on.

"Uncle Lon was very patriotic and loved the Union, so much so that he wanted every able bodied man in the valley to enlist, but for some reason or other he never saw fit to set the example, perhaps he went on the sound principle that somebody should stay behind to till and crop the ground to supply the stomachs of the hungry boys on the front, although mighty little did the valley function for that purpose.

"Uncle Lon’s wife, familiarly called Aunt Betsey, was as kind hearted a woman as the valley (Yucatan) could boast, as all, especially the young folks, could bear witness in the many pleasant hours they passed in a social way beneath her roof; she still survives her husband (1901).

"The couple sported the first frame house in the valley, erected near their old log home, and when completed considered a fine structure, and it was, and drew the eye of the passer by, but time has left its mark upon that home, although today it looks as good as new having undergone repair at the hands of Halver J. Lee, now the owner thereof (1901), his title to the property running back through Abner Porter and Hiram Knox to Uncle Lon and thence to the government.”

Note: Abner Porter is the second husband of Elzina Sample, daughter of John Randolph and Almira Barton Sample.
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Alonzo Adams' property is identified by his land patent dated Feb 1, 1858. His property was the North West Quarter of the North East Quarter of Section 27 of Township 103, Range 7, containing 40 acres.
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Excerpts from the "History of Houston County, Including Explorers and Pioneers of Minnesota," 1882, Minnesota Historical Company.

"On the institution of the State Government, the form of county government was changed by an act of the State Legislature, . . . approved on the 13th of August 1858. . . . On the 14th of September . . . The board for Houston county convened . . . and the following members answered to their names: Alonzo Adams, [et al]. D.F. Case, Alonzo Adams, and Alexander Batchellor were made a committee on rules for the government of the board in the transaction of business; and they afterwards reported a set of twelve, which were duly considered and adopted." Page 309.

In the chapter on Yucatan, under the heading of Town Government, it states, "When the first meeting was held to organize the town, the chairman was Alonzo Adams." Page 510.
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Excerpts from the “History of Rushford: The First Decade,” edited by Alden O. Droivold, 1986, pages 208-209. The Rushford [MN] Area Historical Society.

"The Adams House [hotel], or the original part of it, was one of the first frame buildings to be constructed in Rushford. It was erected in the summer of 1859 . . .

"When the hotel was completed it was managed by C.G. Hulbert. Alonzo Adams became the proprietor on January 29, 1866 and continued as the genial host of the Adams House until his death on May 2, 1898, after which the popular hotel became known as the Park Hotel.

"Alonzo Adams or "Uncle Lon" as he was affectionately known by the Rushford people, was born in Genesee County, New York on October 29, 1814. He married Miss Betsey Barton in Clear Creek, Chautauqua County, in July of 1845.

"Nine years later, in 1854, they sought a new home in the then undeveloped territory of Minnesota, pitching their tent on the South Fork of the Root River in Yucatan Township where Mr. Adams engaged in farming and opened a hotel.

"Alonzo and Betsey immediately erected a log cabin on their claim on a farm . . . northwest of the Stone School House at the base of the Muhle valley.

"On January 29, 1866, Alonzo and Betsey became the owners and hosts of the frame hotel which had been erected by C.G. Hulbert and Hugh Lampman in 1859. It remained the landmark on the southeast corner of Rushford Avenue and Elm Street until 1937 when it was torn down in favor of providing residential lots. It was the last vestige of the old business section which centered around the school block property which flourished until the Southern Minnesota Railroad arrived causing the business center to move further south to its present location.

"In the spring of 1867, amidst the boom of prosperity caused by the arrival of the railroad, the business at the Adams House was remarkably good but another large hotel, ‘The Northwestern,’ was under construction on the northeast corner of Mill and Jessie Streets.

"Alonzo was determined to meet competition and erected an addition, 22 x 50 feet, to his hotel which included a nine foot basement under the entire building. It was also at this time that he reduced his rates to $1.50 for transients and $1.25 for farmers per day. ‘Call in Gentlemen, and see his jolly face.’

"His business ad on May 8,1871, stated, ‘ADAMS HOUSE, Rushford, Minnesota. This House offers the greatest inducements to the traveling public. Clean comfortable rooms, and good fare. A large hall is in connection with the Hotel which can be engaged for balls, parties, concerts, etc. Free Bus to and from the Cars. A. ADAMS, Prop.’

"Alonzo Adams died May 2, 1898, and was buried at Yucatan. In September of that year, the Adams House was leased by M.J. Taylor of Houston and announced that the hotel had been ‘newly fitted’ throughout and offered a good barn in connection.

"From this point on the Adams House underwent successive changes in ownership and management, continuing a reasonably good patronage but operating in the shadow of the larger, more conveniently located, and more ornately furnished Northwestern Hotel.

"November, 1937, marked an end of an era. The Adams House, later called the Park Hotel, was torn down to vacate the lot for building purposes. It was the last vestige of the old business district buildings to be removed." 
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  Betsy Barton Adams (1826 - 1906)*
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Yucatan Cemetery
Houston County
Minnesota, USA
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