James and William A., photographers, have been established in business at Mt. Pleasant since 1875. James, the senior partner, was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, Oct. 20, 1845, and is a son of George and Ann (Moore) McAdam, both of whome were also natives of Harrison Co., OH. Our subject went to Wenona, Marshall Co., IL, in the spring of 1857, and in that place learned the art of photography. In the winter of 1869-70 he commenced business for him self at LaSalle, IL, but gave it up after six months, and engaged in ranching in Colorado for another six months, when he returned to Illinois and again began business this time in Wenona, where he remained in business until 1875. In that year, in company with his brother George, he started the present gallery in Mt. Pleasant, and has been engaged in business ever since, and has made many friends in business, and socially. In business he is materially assisted by his wife who is a lady of talent and business capacity. His brother and partner takes no active part in the business in which he is successful owing to the fine class of work done, and reasonable prices charged. June 27, 1877, James McAdam was married to Miss Agnes S. Phillips, daughter of Lt. William Phillips who was killed in the Battle of the Wilderness. Mrs. McAdam was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. and Mrs McAdam have been the parents of three childre, two of whom died in infancy. The survivor is a daughter, Mary A., now nine years of age. Mr. and Mrs. McAdam are members of the Presbyterian Church, and in politics he is a supporter of the Republican party. Both are respected members of society, who are held in esteem by all who know them.
Portrait and Biographical Album Henry County, Iowa Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888