Biography of Guy Adams


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GUY ADAMS. farmer, P. 0. Elgin. Mr. Adams was born in Salina, Onondaga Co., N. Y., in 1815, and spent his early ife in Canandaigna. N. Y. whence he came to Cook County, Ill., in the spring of 1836. Chicago was a pitiful collection of “mud-stalled huts.” or at best a forlorn specimen of a new, bars, starting frontier town. About his claim (now his valuable farm) was nothing but bare prairie, with an occasional "stake and rider” roofed log cabin in sight. All farm produce was hauled with ox teams to Chicago. During 1836 he helped to raise the Spring Brook Mill, Dundee. In October, 1840, he married Miss Julia A. Guptill, who was born in Waterbury, Washington Co., Vt. They have two children— Martha E., wife of Eugene Hammond. a prominent young farmer of Hanover, and Morton J., non’ manager of the ancestral acres. The substantial barns, shady lines of trees, the sleek cattle and whirling windmills on the Adams farm give mute, but eloqnent, testimony that Guy Adams "came West" in an early day with a set purpose that he has determinedly carried out. His large and substantial brick house was built in 1853. Mr. Adams is a Democrat. His health is not at all satisfactory at this writing, as he is afflicted with a serious heart trouble. He has buried five children— Mark W., a soldier in the 127th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, who died at La Grange, Tenn. Mary E., Herbert, Willie and Millard.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.