Highly Respected Citizen Called Beyond; Funeral Held Thursday
James G. Adams, age 89 years, better known as Grandpa Adams, one of Oakland County's highly respected citizens passed away Tuesday evening July 21st at 9:30 p. M. At his farm home near Oakwood from the incident to his advanced age, after two weeks illness. James G. Adams was born May, 1842 near Rochester, the son of Leonard and Martha Adams. He received his early education in the Rochester school. At the age of 17 he went to Marquette where he made his home for two years with his cousin the late Sidney Adams who was engaged in the livery business.
On March 6 1846 he was united in marriage to Effie Ball at Flint. They located on a farm near Oakwood where they have made their home for 63 years. To this union five children were born, two sons and three daughters. Myrta L. Keith (deceased); Augusta H. (deceased); Lucius E. (deceased); Herbert J. Of Ishpeming; and Mrs. Edith V. Anderson of Pontiac. On March 6, 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Adams celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, they also celebrated their 60th anniversary in 1926. Mrs. Adams passing beyond December 24, 1926.
Mr. Adams has spent his entire life in Oakland County following the occupation as an agriculturist.  In his early days during the winter months he would team feed into the lumber district north of Lapeer bring back lumber for the lumber yards of this community. The family is now in the possession of the original deed of the Rochester farm given the parents of Mr. Adams by President Andrew Jackson in 1826. As the years moved on together with his neighbors he conceived the idea that a Farmers Organization should be organized and the Oxford Farmers' Club was founded.
Grandpa Adams was a man who united sound sense with strong convictions, excellent habits, fine moral character and sturdy constitution and he continued to be active till long past the age at which men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of the workers. He was eminently fitted to mould the rude elements of pioneer society int farm and aid in raising a high standard of citizenship in our young and growing state. In his various characters of husband and father, of neighbor and friend, to speak of the sons and daughters he has reared to perpetuate his name and emulate his virtues.
Not for him be our tears! Rather let us crown his grave with garlands, few of us will live as long or as well, and fewer yet will the Angel of Death greet with such a loving touch. Surviving are one son, Herbert J., of Ishpeming; and one daughter, Mrs. Edith Anderson of Pontiac
Funeral services were held from his home in Oakwood, Thursday at 2:00 p. m. Rev. W. H. Marbach of Pontiac officiating with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
Oxford Leader, 24 July 1931, Front Page
Submitted by: Bill Kemp
Dates Submitted: 1⁄15⁄2008
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