Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
WILLIAM M. ADAMS has the distinction
of having gained his fortune by his labors in the Big Bend country.
He came here with very limited capital and now owns property worth
more than fifteen thousand dollars, in Lincoln county. His home place
is situated about nine miles north from Reardan. It was taken as
a homestead on February 12, 1886, and is well improved. In addition
to doing general farming, Mr. Adams has followed, at various times, the
bricklayer's trade, of which he became master in his younger days.
William M. Adams was born in Saxony, Germany,
February 2, 1847, being the son of Edward and Frederika Adams, both natives
of Germany. The father was a cooper by trade and he and his wife
remained in their native country until their death. Our subject received
his educational training in the schools of his native land, during the
first fourteen years of his life and then was apprenticed for four years
to learn the bricklayer's trade. When eighteen, he bid farewell to
the native land and turned to the New World, landing in Newark, New Jersey,
where he took up work at his trade with good success. From there,
he journeyed to Omaha and labored in that state for six years. Then
he came on to Montana and helped to erect the Wicks smelter near Butte.
After leaving Butte, Mr. Adams came to Lincoln county, settling on the
place that he now owns, having bought another man's relinquishment.
He immediately turned his attention to general farming and in addition
thereto has done much mason work throughout the country. When in
Spokane he assisted to erect some of the finest buildings and is well known
as a man of great skill in his craft.
In 1868, at Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Adams
married Miss Christina Kamley, and to them twelve children have been born,
six of whom are living as follows; Katie, Minnie, Emma, Lizzie, William
and Rose. Mr. Adams takes a keen interest in political matters and
is a well informed Republican. He is a member of the Foresters and
is known as a good substantial citizen. Mr. Adams owns other real
estate and property besides that mentioned above and is thoroughly in love
with this beautiful country and believes that there is no place that excels