John Quincy Adams is a partner in the Coshocton Lumber Company, a successful commercial enterprise of the city.
He was born in Keene township, this county, his parents being E. W. and Olivia (Gleason) Adams, now residents of
Coshocton. His father was reared a farmer but later became interested in the lumber business as a member of the
firm of Adams & Gleason at Roscoe and is now a director of the People's Banking & Trust Company and is
connected with other business enterprises of Coshocton.
In the public schools of Keene and also in the Keene select school John Q. Adams pursued his education to the age
of twelve years, when he removed with his parents to Coshocton and later became a high school student, completing
the course by graduation with the class of 1891. He spent two years in acquiring a more specifically literary education
in the Ohio Wesleyan College at Delaware and then made. his initial step in the business world at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania,
as an employe of a house dealing in builders supplies, it being his intention to thoroughly acquaint himself with
the business in every particular. He spent four years there and his close application and energy won him successive
promotions until he finally became assistant manager of the wholesale builders supply yard. Thus with thorough
understanding of the trade he returned to Coshocton in 1901 and with his two brothers organized the Coshoeton Lumber
Company. This concern is the largest of the kind in the city, handling a full line of builders supplies, including
lumber. They have complete facilities for carrying on the business and their trade has enjoyed a remarkable growth.
They deal exclusively in lumber and building materials, and have a large storage capacity, insuring always a large
supply on hand to promptly fill all orders of whatever magnitude. The office and yards are located alongside of
the Wheeling & Lake Erie tracks, where they are sure of quick shipping services. They make a specialty of large
orders and are always prepared to offer an inducement to lumber buyers in general. The benefit of a large and complete
stock of all classes of building material, together with prompt delivery, gives reliable service in every detail.
This business from the very commencement attracted general attention and favorable comment owing to the character
and the very superior quality of the material carried. This reputation has not only been sustained but has become
firmly established owing to the great volume of business done each year. This truth is fully demonstrated by the
fact that today it ranks as one of the largest lumber companies in the eastern part of Ohio in any city the size
of Coshocton. Their methods of doing business are such as to win the confidence of the most skeptical and the proprietors
are all young men of rare business ability and the highest standing and integrity.
In his political affiliations John Q. Adams is a republican, strong in support of the party. He has attained the
Knight Templar degree in Masonry, belongs to the Elks lodge, and is a member of the Beta Theta Pi. His thorough
preparation for a. business career proved an excellent foundation upon which to build his success, and along legitimate
lines and through successive stages of development he has built up an enterprise which is now a leading coiiimercial
concern of the city.
Centennial History of
Coshocton County, Ohio
By William J. Bahmer
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Coshocton County, Ohio Biographies
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