Biography of A. Aird Adair
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A. AIRD ADAIR
Intimate identification with the professional and financial history of Riverside has given to Mr. Adair a prestige justified by his talents and enhanced by his conspicuous success. Many years ago, when the name and fame of Riverside were less prominent than at the present time, and when his own abilities had been less developed by experience than now, he became a resident of this citrus fruit center. His devotion to local interests has never waned. The climate, presenting a striking contrast to the bleak and icebound prairies of his native land, first attracted his admiring attention. Later, as he became more familiar with the country and its people, he found other important essentials that elicited favorable comment and now. after a lengthy sojourn here, he is as loyal to the locality as any of its enthuiastic native born sons.

A member of the family of John and Rose Adair, the gentleman whose name introduces this article was born in London, Ontario, Canada, August 25, 1857, and received his primary education in the grammar schools of his, native city, later attending the city high school, from which he was graduated in the spring of 1873. It had been his ambition cherished from boyhood days to prepare himself for the practice of law and all of his studies were diligently prosecuted with that end in view. The spirit of self help led him to earn his own way in the world at an early age and when he enjoyed leisure from work he prosecuted his studies. In that way he continued for five years and meanwhile acquired a thorough knowledge of jurisprudence as well as much general information concerning the laws of all nations. After five years of private research he matriculated in the University of Toronto, Canada, and continued a student in that institution until the spring of 1887, when he received the degree of LL.B., upon the completion of the regular course.

After one year of private practice Mr. Adair was chosen to fill the office of county crown attorney for the district of Muskoka and Parry Sound, Canada, and in that capacity he continued from 1888 until 1890, resigning upon his removal from that country. In search of a location where the rigors of winter are replaced by the attractions of an equable climate, he came to California and decided to locate in Riverside. The law firm of Purington & Adair has since risen into local prominence and attained a position of eminence among the attorneys of Southern California, their standing at the bar having been acquired and maintained through their thorough knowledge of jurisprudence, their logical methods of reasoning and their accuracy in the presentation of important eases. Both as counsellors and pleaders they excel in their profession. Their counsel is sought by many of the most able business men of the region, besides which they are retained for court cases involving large interests.

The successful practice of his profession does not represent the limit of Mr. Adair's mental activities. At the time of the organization of the National Bank of Riverside, in November of 1906, he was a prominent factor in securing necessary stock and consummating the concern in a manner thoroughly in accord with the law. With the election of the officers he was chosen president and has since held that responsible position, guiding with quiet but firm and conservative supervision the financial affairs of the institution so that it already has gained a wide reputation for stability. A large number of loans have been placed by the bank and a large business has been established as a depository of the accounts of commercial men of the city. In addition to his other interests Mr. Adair is officiating as president of the Riverside County Bar Association, a well known organization popular among the lawyers of the locality. In religious affiliations he is of the Presbyterian faith and has been a communicant of that denomination since boyhood years. While living in Ontario he was united in marriage, June 13, 1882, with Miss Jennie E. Knight. Their family consists of three daughters, the eldest of whom, Mrs. Willard, makes her home at Hibbing, Minn. The second daughter, Miss Jean, resides with her parents, and the youngest is the wife of Frank C. Nye, who resides in San Francisco.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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