Biography - Silas M. Adams

SILAS M. ADAMS is the proprietor of a well-appointed hardware store at Moweaqua, Shelby County, and occupies an honorable position among the enterprising business men of the county. He is a native of Cape Girardeau County, Mo., July 9, 1837 the date of his birth. His father, Elam L. Adams, was born in North Carolina, and was a son of Jacob Adams, who is thought to have been a native of Germany, who came to this country and settled in North Carolina some time during the last century. He was a farmer and carried on his occupation in Rowan County, that State, spending his last years there.

The father of our subject grew to manhood in his native State and was there married to Jane C. McNeely, a native of North Carolina, and a descendant of Scotch ancestry. In his youth Mr. Adams learned the trade of wagon-maker, and was engaged at it in the State of his nativity until his removal to Missouri in 1826, when he became a pioneer of Cape Girardeau County. He bought a tract of timber land and carried on farming in connection with the manufacture of wagons, and helped build up those industries in that county, of which he continued a useful citizen until death closed his career in 1862. His wife survived him until 1865, when she too passed away. They reared a family of five children, of whom these are the names: Mary A., Sarah L., George W., John C. and Silas M.

The latter who forms the subject of this brief biography lived amid the scenes of his birth during his boyhood and youth, and was educated in the local public schools. He worked with his father four or five years, and continued an inmate of the parental household until he attained his majority, when he engaged in the mercantile business in Bollinger County for a year. His next venture was as a farmer in Montgomery County for a period of one year. He then resumed the mercantile business, but a year later went back to farming, at which he was engaged five years in Bond County. At the end of that time he went to Macon County, in this State and bought an improved farm, which he operated successfully eleven years. He then established himself in the hardware business at Maroa, Ill., and conducted it until 1884, when he sold his store there and bought his present establishment. He carries a full line of hardware, stoves, cutlery, glass, china, paints and furniture, and commands a large trade, as he understands well what his customers demand, uses tact in his dealings, and all are sure of fair treatment at his hands. Mr. Adams is further closely identified with the business interests of his adopted city as President of the Moweaqua Building and Loan Association, which is an important factor in the growth of this municipality, and its affairs are in a flourishing condition with him at the head. He is known in political circles as a sound Republican, and a firm advocate of the principles of his party.

Mr. Adams was happily married in 1861 to Miss Susan A., daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Sims) McLain, and a native of Bond County, Ill. Four children complete their home circle — Ella, Emma, Albert and Alma. The family are members of the Presbyterian Church, and are of high social position.

Extracted 13 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 431-432.

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