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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
George Adams


 GEORGE ADAMS, a native of Scotland and a worthy representative of that sturdy country, is one of the prosperous farmers of Tilbury township, East.  He was born in August, 1849, a son of Robert and Mary (Barrie) Adams.  Leaving Scotland in 1869 he came to Canada, making a brief stop at Hamilton on his way to Chatham, where he expected to engage at his trade of blacksmith, but not finding a suitable opening, he came to Fletcher and secured employment with Mr. John Couts, a farmer, receiving $18 per month for his services.  Soon, however, he decided to follow his trade at Fletcher, so secured a lot, cleared it and erected a shop, and carried on a very successful blacksmith business for three and one-half years.  At the expiration of that period he purchased Lot 4, Concession 6, upon which improvements to the extent of the chopping off of twenty acres had been made.  The family moved into a lumbermanís log cabin, and the work of still further improving and clearing began.  Later he built a larger home nearer the south road, and his present pretty house was built in 1884.  At the time Mr. Adams located upon his property, the surrounding country was all wild, and no draining had been done.  In addition to his home property, Mr. Adams has fifty acres in the 7th Concession and fifty acres of Lot 5, of the 6th Concession, besides other land, making a grand total of 1511 acres.  He is very successful in his conduct of his farming operations, and is devoting himself largely to stock raising, and making a specialty of cattle and hogs, shipping five or six carloads per year.  He carries all the time from three to four hundred head.  His son, Robert P., owns 800 acres on the Bow river thirty miles south of Calgary, where he and his father are contemplating the finishing and raising of cattle for export, there being an abundance of feed and water there, with the climate most favourable for stock.  In politics Mr. Adams is a Reformer.  All of his family are members of the Presbyterian Church. 

After coming to this township George Adams married Ellen, daughter of John Fletcher, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere.  Children as follows were born to this union:  Lottie, a milliner of Detroit; Robert P.; Minnie J., a graduate of bookkeeping and stenography from the Chatham business college, now filling a position at Kingsville; Helen Gordon, a teacher at Tilbury where she has been employed two years; Emma Ida, at home; Vida Elizabeth Gray, in attendance at the Chatham high school; Laura Mabel, a graduate of bookkeeping and stenography of the Chatham high school, now holding a position in Detroit; John Fletcher and George Sherman, at home.  Robert P., mentioned above, completed a business course at the Chatham business college, and is now a cattle dealer and ranchman at Calgary.  Prior to going there he engaged for a time in cattle buying in this section, and was a successful butcher of Tilbury.  Mr. Adams has attained to his present prosperity through untiring efforts, thrift and good management, and he enjoys in the highest degree the confidence of the entire neighbourhood. 


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