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 William Ernest “Ernie” Adams

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William Ernest “Ernie” Adams

  • Birth 29 Jan 1881 Harrisville, Harrison County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 20 Sep 1939 Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA
  • Burial Douglas, Converse County, Wyoming, USA
  • Memorial ID 57828459

ERNIE ADAMS, GLENDO MAYOR, BURIED IN DOUGLAS CEMETERY--Had National Reputation as "Busiest Mayor in United States"

Ernest Adams, Wyoming resident since 1889, former Douglas resident, Spanish-American War veteran and mayor of Glendo for a number of years, was interred in Douglas Park Cemetery Saturday afternoon following funeral services at the Glendo Community Church. The service was described as one of the largest ever held in Glendo. Rev. L. W. Flenner officiated.

Rites at the grave here were in charge of the ritualistic team of Fort Fetterman Post No. 2086, Veterans of Foreign Wars; one member of which remarked upon the fact that the V.F.W. was that very day celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization.

Adams died at the veterans' hospital in Cheyenne Wednesday, September 20, following an illness of several months. His death was attributed to a heart ailment. His health had not been good for the past five years.

Ernest Adams was born January 29, 1881, at Harrisville, O.,; and in 1889 came with his parents to Wyoming. He received his early education in Douglas and attended the University at Laramie. He joined the United States fighting forces in 1898 for service in the Spanish-American war and served seventeen months, receiving his honorable discharge in September, 1899.

In April, 1905, Adams married Miss Josephine Jarchow (Iarchow) of Douglas, to which union two sons were born. Mrs. Adams died in 1910. On May 5, 1923, he was wedded to Mary Ida Hauf, who survives him. Surviving also are his two sons, William of Brownsville, Tex., and Quinn of Glendo; a brother, Earl of Grand Island; a sister, Mrs. Edna Greene of Boone, Ia.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Waters and two step-sons, Ray and Verne Hauf.

Adams for many years was foreman of the Platte Valley Ranch near McKinley. He was well known in this section of Wyoming and in 1935 he became nationally known as the "busiest mayor in the United States" and was so depicted in the American Magazine's "Who's Who."

---Obituary from the Douglas Budget, September 28, 1939

Note: His son's obituary listed his father's full name as William Ernest.

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  • Maintained by: Betty Alberts
  • Originally Created by: Nancy Mayer
  • Added: 28 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57828459
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Ernest “Ernie” Adams (29 Jan 1881–20 Sep 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57828459, citing Douglas Park Cemetery, Douglas, Converse County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Betty Alberts (contributor 47293729) .