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Men of Mark in Maryland
- Bernard C. Steiner, PhD, 1907

Adolphus FEARHAKE, was born in Frederick, Frederick county, Maryland, April 23, 1840. He is the son of Adolphus and Elizabeth FEARHAKE. His father was a man of sturdy and upright character whose parents came from Germany abouat 1783. His mother's ancestors came from Germany and England some time during Colonial times, settling in Maryland. For several generations Mr. Fearhake's family has lived in Frederick County. He received his early education in the primary schools and at the Frederick College. He was taken from school when but fourteen or fifteen years of age. Early in life he was admitted to the bar as an attorney-at-law, though he had begun active life as a land surveyor, when sixteen or seventeen years of age. In 1867 he was elected surveyor of Frederick county, which positon he resigned to become deputy law clerk in the office of the clerk of the Circuit Court of the county. This positon he hld until 1879, when he was elected clerk of the circuit Court of Frederick county, which office he held for six years. Since the close of his term as clerk, he has served as deputy of the clerk and law clerk. His long service in the office has given him a store of information with reference to its affairs, and his unfailing courtesy has made his services of great value to all persons having business with the clerk.

In 1877, on the sixth of June, he married Agnes ELLIOTT; they have had no children. Mr Fearhake has devoted much time to church and lodge work. During the Civil War he was a private in the Confederate army form 1862 to the close of the conflict. He is a Mason, having held the office of Worshipful Master of the Lodge, and High Priest of the Chapter. He was also Eminent Commander of the Commandery of the Knights Templar, and is a Patron of the Eastern Star. In politics, Mr. Fearhake is a Democrat, and he affiliates with the Methodist Episcopal church. As a help in life he offers these thoughts, "Sobriety (abstaining from intoxicants); good companionship (associating with the best and most ruputable people); usefulness (no loiterer or idler, but keeping always at work); helpfulness (ready to assist by voice, pen, or means, any good work). Above all, trying to be a consistent Christian."   (pg 106-107)

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