Biography of Charles F. Adams
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Adams, Charles F., Potsdam, was born in the town of Stockholm on a farm February 17, 1840. Washington Adams, father of our subject. was a native of Vermont, born in 1804, and came to St. Lawrence county about 1830, and bought a farm of seventy five acres in Stockholm, where he made his home. The first residence was a log house, which in 1855 was superseded by a frame house. He died in 1882. The mother of our subject, Sabria Streeter, was also a native of Vermont. She died in 1867, aged sixty years. Charles F. was the third son in a family of nine children. He followed farming until he was twenty six years of age. In 1867 he came to Potsdam, locating in Norwood, where he engaged in the meat business, which he followed until 1876, and then engaged in stock dealing, about 1887 going into the horse trade, The present trade is the importing of horses from Canada into this section, where he finds a ready market among the farmers. He is the most extensive dealer in horses in Northern New York, handling at least 300 horses per year. Mr. Adams moved to Potsdam in 1869, where in 1880 he purchased the old Joseph H. Sanford homestead on Elm street, which was built in 1842. He married in 1866 Sarah Heard, of Alleghany county, and they had three children, all deceased. Mrs. Adams died in 1872, and he married second, in 1873, Ellen Hawley, of Potsdam, and they had two children, both deceased, They have an adopted son, Earl Adams, and an adopted daughter, Mildred.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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