ADAMS, WILLIAM H. - Reading, p. 1338
Surnames: ADAMS, MOCK, KENDALL, BRANHOUSE, GENANT, BARBER, BROWN, YEAGER, MILLER, HOMAN
William H. Adams of Reading, Pa., engaged in the drug business, who resides at No. 159 West Oley street, wa
s born in this city in 1859, son of Elwood and Catherine (Mock) Adams, and a grandson of William H. and Maria (Kendall) Adams.
William H. Adams, grandfather of William H., was born about 1812, near Absecon, N. J., and died in 1872; his wife, aged ninety years, is still surviving, residing at Reading. They had six children: Rachael, deceased, m. Thomas Branhouse; Elwood, deceased; two children died in infancy; Winfield S., of Reading, m. Kate Genant, deceased; and Josephine, m. Morris Barbar, a retired grocer. Mr. Adams was engaged in the hotel business in New Jersey.
He came to Reading and engaged with the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Co., at core-makng, a trade he learned after coming to this city. He continued with this company until his death, being regarded as a skilled and faithful workman by his employers, and his fellow citizens rated him as an honest and honorable man.
Elwood Adams was born in Reading, and after receiving a common school education learned the trade of core-making and molding, entering the employ of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company, with which he was connected until his death. He and his wife had these children: William H., Charles, Winfield S, James, Marian M. married Millard Brown; Estella married George Yeager: Rachel married Walter Miller; and Harry. Mr. Adams was a Baptist in his religious belief. Fraternally, he was connected with the P. O. S. of A.
William H. Adams was educated in the schools of Reading, Pa., and then learned the trade of spectacle maker at Willson's spectacle factory, where he remained for three years. He then resigned this position to learn the molder's trade at the Philadelphia & Reading shops, with which company he was connected ten years, when he engaged with the Mellert Iron Foundry Co., working there until it closed out business. He then accepted a position with the Prizer Painter Stove works at Millmont, where he continued about nine years, resigning this to engage in the drug business at No. 1326 North Tenth street, where he has continued to the present time with much success.
Mr. Adams was married to Sally Homan, daughter of Frank Homan, and to this union there have been born three children: John, a druggist is a graduate of the Medico-Chirurgical College of Philadelphia, Pa.; Ollie, a student at that institution; and Walter, is employed as a clerk in the store. Mr. Adams is a member of the P. O. S. of A., and an independent in politics. He and Mrs. Adams attend the Universalist Church of Our Father