ADOLPH BARRY ADAMS. - The son of a California pioneer, but himself a native of Australia, whither his father
had gone in answer to the lure of the gold mining excitement, Adolph Barry Adams has yet been a resident of Humboldt
county since he was a lad of sixteen, coming here thirty years ago, and is today one of the most progressive and
influential citizens of Eureka, where he has made his home for most of his time since locating in California. He
is at present engaged in the real estate and insurance business and represents several of the best known companies,
both in life and fire insurance. As would be but natural with one whose faith in the future of Eureka is unqualified,
he has invested from time to time in real estate, building and selling several residences, and at present owning
several pieces of city property.
Mr. Adams was born at Omeo, Gippsland, Australia, October 28, 1869. His father was St. Clair Adams, a native of
County Cavan, Ireland, and a pioneer of Humboldt county, having located here first about 1854. He was then interested
with his brother, Barry Maxwell Adams, in gold mining, and they were among the first to land at Humboldt Bay. They
engaged for a time in mining with much success, and later took up government land and engaged in the cattle business.
At this time they also were interested in packing freight into the Salmon creek gold mines, employing pack trains
of mules, and making a success of the enterprise. When the great gold excitement in the early '60s broke out in
Australia, St. Clair Adams answered the call, leaving his brother, Barry Maxwell Adams, still in Humboldt county.
While in Australia he met and married Miss Marie Craig, of Glasgow, Scotland, and by her had four children, three
daughters and one son, Adolph B. Adams, the subject of this sketch. The mother died in Australia and later the
father returned to Humboldt county, where he died about twenty four years ago (1890) and was buried at Weaverville,
Trinity county, Cal.
The early life of A. B. Adams was spent in the gold fields at Omeo, Gippsland, Australia. He was a mere boy when
his mother died, and at the age of fourteen he determined to go to sea, and secured a berth as a cabin boy on one
of Pope and Talbot's vessels, the Locksley Hall. For several years he followed this life, meeting with many and
varied experiences, and at the end of that time came to San Francisco, thence to Eureka, where his father had preceded
him. He at once secured employment in the lumber mills near Eureka, being first in the employ of Isaac Minor, at
Glendale. He did not care for this class of employment, however, and so saved his earnings and took a business
course at the old business college, located on Fifth street, Eureka. Completing his course he became a bookkeeper
and stenographer, and for a time made this his occupation. In 1892 he first engaged in the insurance business,
conducting a public stenographic business in connection with this undertaking for some time, owing to the hard
times which attended the panic of 1892 and 1893, and which made it difficult to establish a new business. His undertaking
prospered, however, and at the present time he has one of the best insurance businesses in Eureka.
The fraternal field is also one that has proven of great interest to Mr. Adams and he is a prominent factor in
many of the best known organizations in the community. He is secretary of Fortuna Lodge No. 221, I. O. O. F.; clerk
for the Modern Woodmen of America, and chief of records for the Improved Order of Red Men, all of Eureka. He is
also the commanding officer of the Fifth Division Naval Militia of California, a state military organization of
Eureka, composed of seventy five seamen and two officers.
The marriage of Mr. Adams took place in Eureka in 1902, uniting him with Miss Mae Louisa Nellis, the daughter of
James Nellis, one of Eureka's oldest pioneers. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are the parents of three children, Marcel, St.
Clair and Adolph Barry, Jr.
Mr. Adams possesses a bright and cheerful disposition, and expresses success naturally. He is enthusiastic about
the growth and general welfare of Eureka and never loses an opportunity to give his city and county a boost.
He has a beautiful home on Harris street, where he has a carefully tended lawn with a wealth of flowers which add
materially to the beauty and worth of his property. This is the third residence that he has built in Eureka, the
two former ones having been sold. Mr. Adams is a conscientious worker, and early and late he may be found in his
office ready to give attention to the needs of his patrons and to the affairs of the fraternal orders which he
represents. It is this careful attention to detail that has built up his present splendid business, and which has
given him his high place in the esteem of his fellow citizens.
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915
Humboldt County, CA
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