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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 645-646

GEORGE S. ADAMS

George S. Adams, of Atlas township, is descended from good old Revolutionary stock, his paternal great-grandfather having enlisted in the ranks of the patriots from his native state - Connecticut. He served as a soldier in the cause of American independence and left to his descendants the priceless record of a heritage of valor and loyalty. Jeremiah G. Adams, father of our subject, was a large landowner, having an estate of over four hundred acres of the best land in Atlas township. His old home was built in the '20s, but was superseded by a commodious brick residence before his death. He was for years a prominent and influential agriculturist of his community, and further mention is made of him on another page of this work.

George S. Adams, whose name introduces this review, was born in the old Ross home in the village of Atlas, June 10, 1862, and was reared upon his father's farm. He acquired his primary education in the district school of his native village and afterward attended the Illinois College at Jacksonville. Following the completion of his collegiate course he returned to the old home farm and continued to carryon general agricultural pursuits with his father up to the time of his marriage, when he purchased a portion of the old homestead and erected thereon his present residence. He owns one of the best and most modern homes in this part of the county. It is tastefully and comfortably furnished, every convenience of a well appointed city home being here found. It stands in the midst of beautiful and well kept grounds, and one of its chief charms is its gracious and genuine hospitality.

On the 17th of November, 1887, Mr. Adams was united in marriage to Miss Della R. Martin, a daughter of Hutson and Lydia A. (Chamberlin) Martin, a history of whom will be found on another page of this work. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Adams have been born four children: Jerry G., born October 2, 1888; George Hutson, who was born December 25, 1892, and died August 2, 1897; Homer V., born January 1, 1902; and Dorothy M., born July 30, 1903. The home farm of Mr. Adams comprises one hundred and sixty-seven acres of well improved bottom land in Atlas township. The soil is very rich and productive, and good harvests are annually gathered, so that the business, being capably managed, is a profitable one. In all of his work Mr. Adams has shown practical ideas, and in his methods has been systematic and energetic. In his political views he is a stalwart republican, who keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, as every true American citizen should do. In April, 1900, he was elected supervisor of Atlas township, and served for one term of two years. He held the office of postmaster at Atlas for about six years, and is at present school treasurer of Atlas township, which position he has filled for more than a decade. Fraternally he is connected with the Masonic lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and both he and his wife have membership relations with the Mutual Protective League. He is recognized as one of Pike county's most progressive and public-spirited citizens, and no trust reposed in him has ever been betrayed in the slightest degree. Men know him for his genuine worth and fidelity to principle and respect him for a life of well directed activity and usefulness.

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