John Underwood Adams

John Underwood Adams

Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Death 7 Aug 1911 (aged 69)
Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Burial Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Plot Sec I/101
Memorial ID 134205238 · View Source
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Mr. JOHN U. ADAMS, a well known and respected citizen of Hagerstown died at his residence, Summit avgenue, last night about 11 o'clock, aged 69 years, 7 months and 15 days.

Mr. Adams sustained a sunstroke on the 3rd of July and later developed crysipelas and lymphangitis. He had been bedfast and unconscious since that time except at intervals when he recognied the members of his family.

JOHN UNDERWOOD ADAMS was born on East Washington street, this city, Dec. 22nd, 1841. He was the son of P.J. and Elizabeth Adams.

After attending the Hagerstown Academy he entered the Mail office where he served an apprenticeship of three years. In 1873 he formed a partnership with Geo. H. Nock and started the publication of the Daily News. In the same year The Weekly News made its appearance. In 1874 Mr. Nock sold his interest to William Herbert and as Adams and Herbert, the Daily and Weekly News was published in the Walker Building, South Jonathan St., for a period of four years. The interest of Mr. Herbert was sold to the late P.A. Witmer who sold out shortly afterward to Scott L. Heffenger and John H. Blake. Mr. Blake was associated with Mr. Adams at the time of the merging of the "Herald and Torch Light."

"The News" was the pioneer daily in all this section from Baltimore to Cumberland, and from Richmond to Harrisburg. It was a complete history of all the happenings for the period of twenty-one years and its found files are not in The Herald office.

During Grover Cleveland's first administration, Mr. Adams was Deputy Stamp Collector, which position he held for three years, until President Harrison was inaugurated. He then tendered his resignation but was requested to remain in office until the following year. He served as Magistrate for two years during Governor Smith's term of office.

Mr. Adams was one of the organizers of the B.P.O. Elks lodge and is a charter member of the following: Masonic Lodge, Mystic Circle and the Knights of Pythias. He was also a member of the Presbyterian church.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dearne Adams and the following daughters: Miss Sarah I. Adams, Mrs. H.R. Rudy, Mrs. Clyde H. Wilson, Mrs. Elmer Plank and Mrs. James W. Seaman.

Mr. Adams during his entire life was an active, useful and influential citizen. He always manifested a deep interest in Hagerstown and expressed great pride in its progress. He enjoyed a large acquaintance all over the state and had a large number of devoted friends here and elsewhere. His death is a distinctive loss to this community.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Source: Morning Herald (Hagerstown, MD)
Tuesday, August 8, 1911

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