JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
The following paragraphs have reference to a man who has long been
identified with the progress and advancement of this favored section
of the Hawkeye state, and who has attained gratifying success in
connection with the development of its resources, having for some
time devoted his attention especially to the creamery business. He
is a native of Williamson, Wayne county, New York, where his birth
occurred November 23, 1845. He is the son of Cullen B. And Catherine
(Brockway) Adams, who farmed in Williamson, New York. In 1878 they
came to West Union, Iowa, and lived retired, having laid by a
competency for their old age by their earlier years of activity.
They were good and useful citizens and enjoyed the respect of all
whom they met.
John Q. Adams was educated in the common schools and Sodus
Academy. In the spring of 1868 he came to Richland, now Bethel
township, Fayette county, Iowa, and worked by the month at farming
for about six years and taught school for a few terms, then engaged
in farming for himself. He has been quite successful at it, so that
he is now the owner of one of the best farms in Bethel township,
consisting of two hundred and eighty acres, which has been placed
under a high state of cultivation and improvements and is among the
most valuable land in the county. On it stand an attractive and
comfortable dwelling and outbuildings, and general farming is
carried on in a most successful manner.
John Q. Adams was married in the spring of 1886 to Amelia H.
Wedgwood, of Osage, Iowa, and one child was born to this union,
named Catha. Mrs. Adams was called to her rest in 1891 and their
only child died in 1893. Mr. Adams retired from active farming in
1894. He was again married, on June 23, 1903, to Mrs. Sarah M.
(Jamison) Shaw, who was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, in
1849, and came with her parents to Auburn, Fayette county, Iowa, in
1852. Thence they moved to a farm in Union township, where most of
her early life was spent. She attended school in West Union and at
the Upper Iowa University at Fayette and has been prominent in
church and social circles in West Union, where she moved in 1882
with her mother after the death of her father in 1881. In 1891 she
married Lawrence Shaw, who was then deputy sheriff of Fayette county
and who died the same year. Her marriage to Mr. Adams made him a
resident of West Union, where they occupy the homestead, her mother
having died in 1903.
Mr. Adams is inclined to literature and has done a great deal of
miscellaneous reading, being well versed in English literature, and
he has won a local reputation as an able and lucid writer,
especially of verse, which he has contributed to the home papers.
They show careful thought and excellent workmanship, and that Mr.
Adams has an eye for beauty and an ear for harmony.
In 1901 Mr. Adams assisted in organizing the Hawkeye Creamery
Association, of which he was made secretary, having had two year’s
experience as secretary of the Bethel Creamery Association, and he
still holds the former position, the abundant success that has
attended the efforts of the association being due in no small
measure to his close attention to his duties and his minute
knowledge of the creamery business.
Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Presbyterian church, and
politically Mr. Adams is independent. He has long taken considerable
interest in local political affairs, and has very acceptably served
as township clerk and treasurer of the school funds of Bethel
township. He is well known and popular throughout the county, owing
to his public spirit, his hospitality, industry and genuine worth,
being a worthy son of a worthy sire.
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