Alexander F. Adams is one of the respected citizens of Lima township, Sheboygan county, and has been engaged in the government railway mail service since 1892. He is the owner of a well improved farm, all of which he operates under a lease except five acres, on which he has built a modern and commodious residence in which he and his family reside. He was born July 14, 1863, and is a son of Alexander F. Adams, Sr., and Mary L. (Needham) Adams, both of whom were natives of Niagara county, New York. The ancestral record of the family has been traced back to Samuel Adams, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the real father of the American revolution. The paternal grandfather, who was also Samuel Adams, was an officer in the War of 1812.
The father, Alexander F. Adams, Sr., was born November 22, 1821, in Niagara county, New York, and in 1851 with his wife and family he moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and at once purchased eighty acres of land located on section 12 in Lima township, where now lives the subject of this review. The father lived upon that property until the time of his death, which occurred on March 10, 1863. At Lockport, Kew York, November 22, 1845, he married Miss Mary L. Needham, who was born in Niagara county, New York, May 19, 1820.
Six years after his marriage he removed to Wisconsin, where he established his home, as above recited, and where his wife died April 16, 1903. Her father's family were of Irish descent and through maternal ancestors she was descended from the Beach family, the first of whom came over in the Mayflower and settled with the Plymouth colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts. To Mr. and Mrs. Adams six children were born: George, who died in infancy; Emma, the wife of F. T. Fairchild, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; Charles, who died in infancy; Anna M., who for many years has been engaged in teaching in the public schools, also devoting much time to the teaching of instrumental music, and who lives on the home farm with the subject of this review; John B., who died at the age of seven years; and Alexander F. Alexander F. Adams, Sr., was a loyal adherent of the republican party and took an active part in local politics. For several years he was town superintendent of schools and held various other township offices. At the outbreak of the Civil war he organized Company H, which later became a part of the First Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and while drilling his company he was overcome by heat and over-work, from the results of which he did not recover.
Mr. and Mrs. Adams during life attained considerable note as writers for the press and also for the current magazine publications. After the death of Mr. Adams one of his poems was read by the editor of the Sheboygan Times at an old settlers meeting at Sheboygan Falls. Alexander F. Adams was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools of Sheboygan Falls and was later graduated from the high school of that city with the class of 1881. Immediately following his graduation he was engaged at work on his father's farm during the summer seasons and taught school during the winter months, teaching for one year at Gibbsville and for an equal length of time in Lima township.
In 1892 he became an employe in the government railway mail service, in which he has since continued, and for the past seventeen years he has been on the Ishpeming-Chicago run. He owns a farm of ninety acres, of which he rents all but five, which he retains for residence purposes. In 1903 he erected a modern house, in which he and his family now live. In addition to his farm property he is also one of the stockholders in the State Bank of Sheboygan Falls. Mr. Adams was united in marriage in Sheboygan Falls, November 10, 1885, to Miss Sarah J. Chapman, a daughter of Andrew and Rebecca (Huntley) Chapman, both of whom are now deceased.
To Mr. and Mrs. Adams seven children were born: Harry A., residing at Sheboygan Falls; Florence E., who passed away at the age of four years; and Grace, Alexander F., Dorothy H., Mary B., and Sarah L., aged respectively, fifteen, twelve, ten, eight and six years.
Mr. Adams is affiliated with the republican party, and fraternally is a member of Camp No. 1073, M. W. A., of Sheboygan Falls. He is one of the highly respected citizens of the community in which he lives and his long term of service in the employ of the government is a guarantee for his integrity, which places him among the reliable and useful men of his part of the state.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL