††††††††††† Among the representative citizens and city officials of Auburn, Placer County, California, is John Adams, who was born in Delaware County, Ohio, June 28, 1841.† The Adams family, of which the subject of this sketch is a member, is of German origin and has long been identified with this country.† Abraham Adams, the grandfather of John, was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and was reared and married there.† In 1812, with his wife and children, he moved to what was then called the Western Reserve, and in Delaware County, Ohio, took claim to a tract of land and established his home on the frontier.† He became one of the prominent early farmers of Delaware County.† John Adams, his son, the father of our subject, was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1800, and was twelve years old when he went with his fatherís family to Ohio.† In the latter state he grew to manhood and married Miss Desire Cook, who was born in 1803, a daughter of Benajah Cook, one of the pioneer settlers of Delaware County.† This union was blessed with the birth of eight children, five sons and three daughters, and four of the family is still living.† The parents were devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in their hospitable home was entertained many a traveling minister of the gospel.† Mr. Adams donated the ground on which their church building was erected, helped to build it, and during his life aided substantially in the support of the church.† Indeed, he was one of its most liberal and active members.† He and his wife continued their residence in Delaware County while they lived.† Both reached a ripe old age, he being in his seventy-second year and she in her seventy-sixth year at the time of death.
††††††††††† John Adams was the seventh born in his fatherís family.† He was educated in the public schools, and in Central College, Franklin County, Ohio, and was still in school at the time the Civil War was inaugurated. He had just reached his twenty-first year when President Lincoln made his second call for volunteers, and on the 7th of August, 1862, in answer to that call, young Adams volunteered for service in the Union army and became a member of Company G, Forty-fifth Ohio Infantry.† The fortunes of this command he shared in Kentucky and Tennessee for five months.† Then typhoid fever visited the regiment, resulting in the death of no less than two hundred of its members.† Mr. Adams was one of its victims, was confined to hospital eight months, and barely escaped with his life.† This long sickness unfitted him for further service at the time, and he was honorably discharged and returned to his home.† It was two years before he fully recovered his health.
††††††††††† After this he farmed for a time.† Then he became the owner of a portable sawmill, and was engaged in the manufacture of lumber for four years.† In 1870 he came to California, locating in Sierra Valley, Plumas County, where he remained three years, after which, on account of the sickness of his son, he returned east.† In 1880 he again came to California, this time locating in Placer County and purchasing a farm near New Castle, where he engaged in fruit farming, making a specialty of peaches.† He still retains this farm, but has for some time owned and occupied a pleasant home in Auburn.
††††††††††† Mr. Adams was happily married in 1867, on the 6th of February, to Miss Josephine Tyler, a native of Delaware County, Ohio, and a daughter of Lyman Tyler, of old Revolutionary stock.† Her grandfather, George Tyler, was a colonel in the seven-year struggle for independence, and the family has spared its full quota of soldiers, having been represented in every war in which this country has been engaged.† Joseph Tyler, the original progenitor of the Tyler family to which Mrs. Adams belongs, settled in Massachusetts in 1640.† His progeny have scattered over various portions of this country and many of them have occupied prominent and influential positions.† Mr. and Mrs. Adams have had four children, two of whom are living, both natives of California.† Eugene is engaged in farming and resides with his parents in Auburn.
††††††††††† Mr. Adams has been a lifelong Republican.† In 1886 he was elected recorder of Placer County, and it was at this time that he moved to Auburn, where he has since resided.† He was again elected to the office of recorder, to succeed himself, and served two terms of two years each.† He was also elected and served four years as the assessor of Placer County, and he is at present in incumbent of a city office, having been elected one of the trustees of Auburn in the spring of 1900.† By his uniform courtesy and the fidelity to trust reposed in him, Mr. Adams has made a most acceptable official and given general satisfaction to all concerned.† As a businessman he has proved himself a success, having accumulated a competency.† Besides his farm and his property in Auburn, already alluded to, he has valuable mining interests.
††††††††††† Mrs. Adams is a member of the Methodist Church, of which the family are attendants and to which Mr. Adams is a liberal contributor.† Fraternally he is identified with the A. O. W. U. and the G. A. R., being a charter member of Baker Post at New Castle, in which he has always taken much interest.† He has filled nearly every office in his G. A. R. Post and is now a past commander.
††††††††††† Such is a brief sketch of the life of one of Auburnís leading citizens.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.