A biography of Burton S. Adams, Sidney, MT, is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, pages 727 & 728.
Burton was born, 11 Apr 1870, and grew up on the farm of his father, Thomas C. Adams. He was educated in Faribault, MN, took a preparatory course at Carleton College at Northfield, and in 1899 graduated with a degree in civil engineering at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He worked as assistant engineer in the construction of a waterworks system in Middlesboro, KY, continuing to work for the company as a builder and was in charge of the steam plant of that city.He was employed by Norfolk, VA, for municipal surveying, then went to Chicago and worked on the survey for the water system for the World's Fair Park. From there he moved to Montana and found work as a transit man with the Great Northern Railway and later as head of an engineering party in the field.He was appointed deputy US mineral and land surveyer in 1894, making surveys in Montana, Oregon, and British Columbia. In 1895, Burton Adams went to South America as an engineer for the Orinoco Company and made a survey preparatory to the development of the delta of the Orinoco River.After a year, he returned to Montana to be a land surveyor north of Harlem and Chinook, MT.
He acquired irrigable lands, his home ranch, and cattle four miles from the site of Sidney, MT. He was appointed postmaster of Sidney in Dec 1915.
In 1898, Flathead county, MT, Burton married Miss Emma Eckelberry.Children: William Curtis, Lorena J., Walter B., Earl J., Louise E., Ralph V.
In the 1930 Federal Census, the family had moved to Chicago where Burton was a civil engineer.