Title: 1900 U.S. Census
1910 U.S. Census
1930 U.S. Census
My Father, John Anderson Adams, Founder of the Adams Extract Company by Fredf W. Adams, Sr. 28 pages
Cemetery Records from Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
CallNumber: CS / 71 / C989 1889
Note: ams Extract Company" 28 pages. Excepts below: Page 1. "My father, John Anderson Adams, was born 2/25/47 in New York state on a farm near Leroy not far from Niagara Falls. John's father, Liberty, died when John was 20 years old. Being the eldest son he took charge of the family-his mother and brother and sister. For some reason he decided to auction off the farm. The neighbors all thot John was foolish and would not get much for it but didn't stop him-he went right ahead and got a price that surprised everyone. He sold the stock and equipment and paid off the mortgage on the farm. A strange thing about father was that he could do most anything he wanted to do and do it better than most anyone else and yet his own father had none of such traits. John told us about one of Liberty's habits--He would go to town-sell his load of hay or corn-take the money-go to the salon and get drunk. The men would put him in the wagon and the horses would take him home. Now how in the world John ever learned anything from his father has been a mystery. We are inclined to give his mother the credit. With money in his pocket, John decided to move the family out to Baraboo, Wisconsin where his mother's father lived. Grandfather Anderson was the "big shot" in Baraboo at that time. He wore a stovepipe hat and was head judge at the races which were very popular at that time. Grandfather Anderson had all his family and kin working for him in various jobs so he was quite glad to have another recruit with the two boys and a girl work in his Page 2. vinyard [sic]! Well, it didn't take father long to see that his grandfather was aiming to make him one of his "slaves." And father's disposition was such that he couldn't work for anyone else very long-he must run his own business. So father made up his mind that he was going to have to leave Baraboo--and in order to do that he was going to have to fool the old man and get away before he found out his intentions. This was an almost impossible trick-especially when you realize that John had bought a farm and planted a crop so he would have to sell it to move. But John's resourcefulness solved the impossible problem. He put a little "For Sale" ad in the paper in a small town up north of Baraboo where the old man would not see it. Then as luck would have it, a man coming thru on a train read the ad-got off the train--came down to Baraboo--bought the farm and paid cash for it. Then, of course, Dad was ready to move. He engaged a truck and a man to help him load everything on a midnight train. It's a miracle how he kept it secret but when grandfather came around to see them in the morning the whole family was long gone for New York. Thus father made his escape with his family and his money and without any words with the old man.. John went back to Batavia, N.Y. with a nice profit. He learned the tinner's trade and built three houses which he sold at a nice profit. So he was ready to move again-This time to Battle Creek, Michigan. Why Battle Creek we never knew. It was evidently an up and coming town. He mentioned investing in Nicholas and Sheppard and the Advance Thrasher Co. firms that later joined the International Harvester Co. It seems he must have made quite a little fortune out of those deals. Father returned to NY and married Ella Knowlton Dec. 28, 1869 and took his bride to Battle Creek. Most of the exploits and experiences following took place before I was born. Father's first wife died in 1886 when brother Howard was born. He then married my mother Dec. 24, 1888. She was Grace Spalding of the A. G. Spalding Sporting goods line." Page 3. "In Battle Creek father joined the Masons and was a knight Templer but he never became active in Beeville, Texas. He said he left all his regalia in the locker at Battle Creek. Father set his brother up in the hardware business by buying a half interest in Bock's Hardware store. He then wanted to have a nice sign made-Bock and Adams. He went to the sign company and asked them to make a goldleaf sign. The sign man said "i've never made a goldleaf sign-i don't know how to do it." So father says "I guess I'll just have to make it myself." So Dad built the sign and laid the goldleaf. Everybody liked the sign so well after that when the sign man got an order for a nice sign he took the customer over to see Bock and Adams sign--that was his model. How father learned to make such a sign nobody knows. (Mr. Bock put the store up for buy or sell.) Yates Adams made the mistake of buying and when a financial panic hit he lost the store. Father learned from that experience that when such a offer comes up the inexperienced partner should always sell out. Yates had not really learned the business. About this time father bought a farm just outside Battle Creek and named it "Plumfield"-and that was where I was born July 1, 1891. Evidently he set out the plum trees and got the orchard started... Page 15. Dad was 62 when he started the Adams Extract Co. He did some selling himself when we were in school.In vacations us boys canvassed practically all the towns from Brownsville to Temple. Page 20. It seems our canvassing house to house had laid the foundation for a real business. Our big expansion began. Dad and Mother could hardly keep up with it so we started moving part of the business to Austin. Folks predicted that Dad would not live long if we moved the business away but Dad fooled "um (?) again. He was quite happy and satisfied that he had at least started a successful business. He lived on to 90 before his mind went so bad we had to put him in a rest home in Austin. He seemed to enjoy the trip up to Austin but was never satisfied there. I often wished he could have stayed in Beeville in the house he built. The Dr. said that was not possible and the following ye he passed away peacefully. When folks would ask Dad if he was kin to John Quincy Adams he told "um he didn't have time for looking up ancestors-it was what you did yourself that counted. He said the only thing he remembers is that his old aunties told him he was a cousin of John Quincy Adams. We have never found any record back of his great grandfather who was living in Wurtembury, Conn. (a town not in existence now) in 1770. There his son John Jr. was born 1-17-72 The Adams Family Record reads as follows: "John Adams came from Conn. to N. Y. as a young man-cleared up the forest on three farms-finally settled in Genesee Co. and was living in a large two story house built of timber cut from his own trees-sawed in his own saw-mill and covered with shingles shaved by hand." This is the house where both Dad and his father, Liberty were born. Dad had at least one trait that was characteristic of the President Adams family for 5 generations. As the got old the right hand started shaking so in order to write they had to hold the right hand with the left hand. They were all quite disgusted with that right hand. Page 21. There is an interesting theory that might account for these family traits. One of the histories of the Adams Family says that John Adams before the Pres. disinherited one of his sons and ran him off. So it could be that this son went down across the state line into Connecticut and was father's great grandfather who was living in Wertemburg, Conn. in 1770. ------------------ Adams Extract is a third generation, closely held family business that has quietly expanded its vanilla extract business to include a wide variety of extracts and spices. The company also markets and distributes specialty food products by small Texas producers through a subsidiary organization, Texas Traditions. Adams Extract is both local and global in its operations. Adams Extract traces its origins to 1889 in Michigan, where pharmacist John Anderson Adams sold extracts in the harsh winter climate. He moved his family to Beeville, Texas, in 1905 to accommodate his wife's poor health. His sons Fred and Don sold the double-strength vanilla extract door to door and helped their father print labels and attach them to the bottles. In 1917, Fred Adams received the first bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Texas. He purchased the company from his father and moved the headquarters to Austin in 1922, where he established his business near the University campus. His oldest son, John G. Adams, returned from service in World War II to join the family business, helping the company to diversify its products and strengthen its reputation for quality. He eventually became an industry leader and has served as the company president since 1971. John G. Adams, Sr., maintains that a newly designed facility will present an opportunity for the company to serve the nearby town of Buda, Texas, as well as the company itself. He charged the UT students to propose how this might be done, requesting that they help Adams Extract expand the building program to satisfy the requirements of industrial production and distribution, and at the same time to fulfill his sense of civic responsibility. Austin Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 2800 Hancock Dr. and the cemetery is owned and run by the City of Austin. MAYES EVELYN MATTIE ADAMS, 1, 336, 3, 8/2/1921, 2/12/1988, KUBECKA CLAIRE, 1, 336, 4, NONE, 1/1948, FHM ADAMS MATTIE GANDY, 1, 336, 7-8, 9/4/1896, 3/31/1989, ADAMS FREDERICK WARD, 1, 336, 8-9, 7/1/1891, 5/25/1980, ADAMS GRACE SPAULDING, 1, 336, 11-10, 7/6/1865, 7/15/1945, ADAMS JOHN ANDERSON, 1, 336, 11-12, 2/25/1847, 4/19/1938 1916 The degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is offered at the University, and the first BBA is awarded to Frederick Ward Adams of Beeville, Texas. Adams goes on to become president of the Adams Extract Company, located just south of Austin, which is still in existence today. ____________________ 1940 For: Austin, Travis, Texas, Windsor Road, House Number: 2200, Inferred Residence in 1935: Austin, Travis, Texas. Fred W Adams age 48, manufacturer; Mattie Adams age 44; Evelyn Adams age 18; John G Adams age 16; Fred W Adams age 14; Lawrence Adams age 11; Louise Fisher age 26, servant.
Note: Fred W. Adams wrote, "My Father, John Anderson Adams, Founder of the Ad
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