Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania; editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
New York : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915:
Pg. 21, 22, 23
JARVIS ADAMS, who has for over a half a century been a leader in business affairs of the Iron City (Pittsburgh).
S. JARVIS ADAMS, son of CALVIN and CYNTHIA (GIFFORD) ADAMS, was born at Oak Hill, Greene Co., New York, April 21, 1837.He was one year old when his parents moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, and still a child when they located in Pittsburgh.Later he moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, seeking a larger and better field.Little time was required to convince him to go back to Pittsburgh the center of the coal and iron production, where he established the first malleable iron plant west of the Allegheny Mountains.He organized the Pittsburgh Novelty Works and built up a prosperous business.Among his inventions were the hand coffee-mill, which came into general use, and the Janus-faced lock.He also invented the spring snap, a great timesaver.In 1872 MR. ADAMS sold his business, together with his manufactory.He was a member and vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church, and very active in its building, being chairman of the building committee.Later MR. ADAMS was vestryman and warden of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
S. JARVIS ADAMS was reared in Pittsburgh and educated in the public schools of the city and at Burlington College, under Bishop Doane, at this latter institution.He was associated with his father in the works that had been established by his father of which the latter was head.In 1870 he established the firm of S. JARVIS ADAMS & Co.
He has patented over 100 of his inventions, the most notable of these being the ADAMS Patent Jarring Machine, which revolutionized the casting of metals.MR. ADAM’S firm also manufactured about 90% of the wagon boxes made in the U. S.
MR. ADAMS is a Republican in politics.He is an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church, which he served as vestryman for several years.For 21 years he was superintendent of the Sunday school.He is one of the executive board of the Homeopathic Hospital, and the board of managers of the Allegheny Cemetery.His fraternal affiliations are with the Masonic order in both the Ancient York and Scottish Rite.In the former he is a Knight Templar, and in the latter he has attained the 32nd degree.His ancestry entitles him to membership in the Mayflower Society, and Sons of the American Revolution, and with both of these societies he is connected.
MR. ADAMS married, Nov. 17, 1862, EMMA VIRGINIA ANSHUTZ, daughter of ALFRED P. and ELIZA JANE (HOLMES) ANSHUTZ.Her grandfather, GEORGE ANSHUTZ, is said to have built the first blast furnace west of the Allegheny Mountains.Her maternal grandfather, SHEPLEY ROSS HOLMES, M.D., was a noted physician, and of the first in Pittsburgh.November 17, 1912, MR. and MRS. ADAMS celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.Children of MR. and MRS. ADAMS: 1. IDA JEANNETTE, married JOHN LAKE GARNER; now living in Los Angeles, California; children: EMMA VIRGINIA; JEANETTE ADAMS, married KENNETH CAROTHERS GRANT; JOHN LAKE GARNER, JR.2. CALVIN JARVIS, deceased.3. ALFRED HOLMES, deceased.4. MARCELLIN COTE, married MISS IDA BRIGHT, of New Haven, Connecticut; one child, EMMA VIRGINIA ADAMS.5. STEPHEN JARVIS, JR., living at home; he is a member of the firm of Lyne-Adams Co., of Pittsburgh.