|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1853|
Biography from "History of Hendricks County, Indiana", editor-in-Chief Hon. John V. Hadley, 1914:
"JOHN A. ADAMS
Among the leading citizens of Brownsburg, Hendricks county, Indiana, none stand in better repute than John A. Adams, the well-known mill and elevator man, who by reason of his business qualifications, has done much to enhance the commercial life of the town. Also during the years of his residence there, he has taken an active part in the administration of civic affairs and has ever done all within his power to promote the moral, material and educational life of the community.
John A. Adams was born on December 23, 1853, in Washington township, this county, the son of John C. and Sarah E. (Park) Adams, both of whom were born in Kentucky. John C. came from Estill county and probably Sarah E. Park did also. John C. was the son of James and Eleanor Adams, who came from Kentucky and located in this county near Danville, where they engaged in farming. John C. grew up in this county and all his life was engaged in farm work, owning land in Washington township, where he lived up to the last two years of his life. These were passed in Lincoln township, where his death occured in 1865.
Sarah E. Park, his wife, was a daughter of John and Malinda (Robinson) Park, who came from Kentucky and located in Boone county, in the early forties. She survived her husband a number of years, her death occuring in 1893.
John A. Adams passed his boyhood days on the home farm, receiving his elementary education in the district schools of that locality, later attending the Central Normal College, at Danville. He assisted on the home farm and in 1886 became identified with the milling business at Brownsburg. At that time a stock company was organized, of which he was a member, later he and Mr. Lingerman purchased the interests of the other members of the company and have since operated the mill in partnership. In 1901 they also became owners of the elevator and in 1910 remodeled the mill, adding corn shellers and a cleaning apparatus. Their mill has a capacity of fifty barrels daily and they make an excellent grade of flour, under the trade name of "Best Imperial." In addition to their milling and grain business,[page 365] they also deal in coal and are numbered among the progressive business men of the town and county.
In politics, Mr. Adams is a Republican and has shown a deep interest in the welfare of the town. He has been secretary and treasurer of the town, a member of the town board and also a member of the school board, and in meeting the obligations thus devolving upon him has ever thrown his influence on the side of the greatest good to the greatest number.
In 1885 Mr. Adams was united in marriage with Jennie S. Wells, who was born in Middle township, this county, a daughter of Simon and Nancy S. (Smith) Wells. The Wells family came to this county from Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have one son living, Harold W., who is attending Indian University, at Bloomington, and is a promising young man. Mr. Adams' fraternal affiliations are with the time honored body ofFree and Accepted Masons and the Knights of Pythias and both he and his wife are consistent members of the Christian church. Mr. Adams is an honest, unassuming man of affairs, who earnestly desires to adequately fill his place in life and be of lasting assistance to those whose lives touch his."
Sarah E. Park Adams (1826 - 1893)
Jennie S. Wells Adams (1861 - 1944)*
Harold Wells Adams (1894 - 1957)*
Created by: Michael Schwing
Record added: Sep 27, 2005
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