JOHN T. ADAMS.
The position to which John T. Adams has attained in the business world now enables him to command patronage rather than seek it and the success which he has achieved also permits him to enjoy those things that follow in the wake of enterprise andeffort wisely and honestly directed. The extent and importance of his operations as a general contractor and railway builder have placed him foremost in the ranks of those who are devoting their attention to this department of activity and in all of his buiness relations the public has been an indirect, if not a direct, beneficiary, while from his labors he too has derived substantial benefits. The stages of his progressive development have led him through the experiences of farm life, of clerking in a country store, of proprietorship in a similar establishment and official duty as auditor of Pike county until he took up the line Of life to which he now di-recks his attention.
A native of Coopersville, Ohio, Mr. Adams was born February 9, 1858, and the period of his minority was spent on the farm of his parents, Hugh and Emily Adams, both of whom were born and reared on farms. The father, after devoting many years to gneral agricultural pursuits, turned his attention to general merchandising, in which he continued from 1890 until 1907. In his youthful days John T. Adams worked in the fields through the summer months and during the remainder of the year attended the distict school. He took up the profession of teaching in 1876, when a young man of eighteen years, and was thus identified in the work of the schoolroom until 1879. He then accepted a clerkship in a country store at Sedan, Ohio, where he remained in that capacity for two years, and then purchased a half interest in the business, conducting it under a partnership relation until 1883. In
that year he sold his interest and bought a stock of goods at Coopersville, Ohio, where he conducted his store until September, 1889. In the meantime his business relations had brought him prominently before the public, who recognized that in himmight be reposed the trust of public office. He was therefore elected auditor of Pike county on the democratic ticket in September, 1889, and discharged his duties so capably and efficiently that in 1892 he was reelected, serving for six consecutive years.
In the meantime the business activity of Mr. Adams was directed into other fields aside from those in which he had already operated. He began dealing in railroad ties and lumber, bridge timber, etc., and also began taking small contracts. In 1897he took up the work of general contracting and has made rapid and substantial progress since that time. During the ensuing year he built sixty-four miles of steam railroad from Peoria to St. Marys, Ohio, that line being now a part of the Toledo & Ohio Cental Railroad system. In 1898-99 he constructed twenty miles of steam railroad between Toledo, Ohio, and Monroe, Michigan, and in the years 1900-01-02 he executed a most difficult engineering feat in the building of four miles of steam roadway for the Coal & Iron Railway Company in West Virginia, along the Cheat river, at a cost of five hundred thousand dollars. His work in 1903-04 included the construction of fifty-five miles of electric railway for the Scioto Valley Traction Company from Columbus to Lancastr and from Columbus to Circleville, while in 1905 he built twenty miles for the same company from Circleville to Chillicothe. In 1906-07 he had a contract for building twelve miles of double track between Dayton and Miamisburg for the Cincinnati & Northern Traction Company and twenty-five miles for the Indiana, Terre Haute & Eastern Indiana Railroad Company; thirty-five miles between Lima and Bellefontaine, Ohio; and a six mile trestle for the Missouri Pacific Railway Company in Arkansas and many similar contracts. In every instance he faithfully meets the terms of his contract and has become known as a prominent railway builder whose comprehensive knowledge of the great scientific principles underlying the work, together with a practical understanding of the demands of railroad building, have gained him marked prominence in this field of labor. In December, 1908, he took contracts to elevate the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railway, Toledo & Ohio Central Railway and the Hocking Valley Railway on the west side f the Scioto river in Columbus, which require approximately five hundred thousand cubic yards of material, amounting to approximately two hundred and fifty thousand dollars; and in February, 1909, he also made a contract with the Midland Construction Company, whose general offices are in Chicago, Illinois, to do the grading, bridging, tracklaying, ballasting, railroad crossings, building station houses, round houses, shops, the purchasing of all the material, consisting of cross ties, lumber, steel bridges and steel rails, for the complete construction of two hundred and twelve miles of steam railway ready for the operation of cars between Edgeley and Pembina, North Dakota. This contract. will require in labor supplies, material and plant the expenditure of two million five hundred thousand dollars, all of which will be expended by him.
On the 12th of August, 1892, at Coopersville, Ohio, Mr. Adams was marrried to Miss Sarah Noel, whose father, G. W. Noel, was a farmer and representative citizen of southern Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have two sons and a daughter: Orville E., twenty-font years of age; Otie May, twenty-one years of age; and Noel Bentle, twelve years of age. They are all with their parents in the beautiful and pleasant home at No. 182 Buttles avenue.
The parents hold membership with and support the Presbyterian church