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Charles S. Adams

Charles S. Adams has been for nearly thirty years one of the representative business men and popular and influential citizens of Volga, where he has been engaged in the general merchandise business since 1888, as senior member of the well-known and representative firm of Adams & White, in which his coadjutor is Edward W. White. He has been a resident of the Hawkeye state since he was a lad of six years and is a scion not only of one of the prominent and influential families of this commonwealth but also one that was founded in New England in the early colonial era of our national history. Mr. Adams was born in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, on the 7th of May, 1851, and is a son of Captain Shubael P. and Lydia E. (Stetson) Adams, both likewise natives of the historic old Bay State, where the latter passed her entire life, her death having occurred in 1853, and the subject of this review being the younger of her two children; the older child, Mary, is now in San Francisco, Cal. Captain Adams was reared and educated in Massachusetts, where he became a successful representative of the legal profession and where he served as a member of the state legislature from 1845 to 1857. In the latter year he became one of the pioneer representatives of his profession in the city of Dubuque, Iowa, where he built up a practice that gave him distinction as one of the leading members of the bar of this state. He united with the Republican party at the time of its organization and was one of the most prominent and influential advocates of its principles and policies to be found in Iowa at the time of the climacteric period leading up to the Civil War. He was a specially forceful and effective stump speaker and did yeoman service in stumping Iowa in support of Abraham Lincoln when that great man became the Republican candidate for president of the United States. He gained his military title as provost marshal, Third Dist. Iowa, in the great conflict through which the integrity of the Union was perpetuated, and he was one of the venerable and honored pioneer members of the Iowa bar at the time of his death, which occurred in 1894. Charles S. Adams continued his studies in the public schools until he had completed the curriculum of the high school and supplemented this discipline by a course of higher study in Bayless College, at Dubuque. In 1872, shortly after attaining to his legal majority he entered railway service, in the employ of the C. D. & M. Railroad Company, now part of the C. M. & St. P. system, and for a period of sixteen years he was in active service as a skilled locomotive engineer. In 1888 he established his home at Volga, Clayton county, where he has been engaged in the general merchandise business during the long intervening years and where the high reputation of the firm of Adams & White has ever constituted its best commercial asset. Mr. Adams has been liberal and loyal in the supportting of those enterprises and measures that have contributed to the civic and material prosperity of the community; is a Republican, though never a seeker of political preferment. He served as a progressive and valued member of the board of education of Volga for the long period of twenty-six years and has otherwise been quietly but effectively influential in local affairs. He is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Brotherhood of American Yeomen and the Modern Brotherhood of America. On the 12th of May, 1880, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Adams to Miss Emma E. Crain, who was born in this county on the 23d of May, 1861, and who is a daughter of James and Harriet Crain, who were born and reared in England and who became pioneer settlers of Clayton county, Iowa, where they established their home on a farm near Volga in the year 1854, both passing the remainder of their lives in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Adams became the parents of four children, of whom the first was Harriet, who was born July 8, 1881, and whose death occurred in the following month; William J., who was born November 2, 1882, was a student in U. I. University for four years and is now one of the principals in the Collier-Adams Manufacturing Company, at St. Joseph, Missouri; Shubael P., who was born June 18, 1885, was graduated in U. I. U., class '07, also in historic old Yale University, 1910, and he likewise is with the Collier-Adams Manufacturing Company, of St. Joseph, Mo.; and Edna, who was born September 30, 1889, was graduated in the Volga high school, after having made a record of twelve years' attendance in the village schools without a single mark of absence or tardiness: she was later in the Upper Iowa University and she is now at the parental home, a popular figure in the representative social life of the community.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 17-18
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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