This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.
Source:History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 192:
JOSEPH M. ADAMS is one of the substantial business men of his native city of Youngstown, where he is treasurer and manager of the Garland Block and Sand Company, which controls a large and prosperous business in the manufacturing of concrete blocks for architectural uses and in the handling of sand and gravel. In the busier summer season the company retains an average force of about twenty-five employees, and in the winters but slight reductions is made in this force. Mr. Adams was born at Youngstown, on the 4th of March, 1877, and is a son of Adam and Minnie (Grim) Adams, who were children at the time of the immigration of the respective families from Germany to the United States, both having been reared in Youngstown and their marriage having here been solemnized. Adam Adams gave the major part of his active career to the stone-quarry industry, and since his death, in 1902, his widow has continued to maintain her home in Youngstown, where she is an earnest communicant of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, as was also her husband. The early education of Joseph M. Adams was acquired in the parochial and public schools of Youngstown, and as a lad of fifteen years he gained his initiatory experience in farm work, to which he continued to give his attention four years. Thereafter he was independently engaged in the stone-quarry business seven years, and during the ensuing sixteen years he was a successful mason contractor in his native city and county. He then became an active executive of the company of which he is now the treasurer and general manager, as noted in the opening paragraph of this review. In politics he supports men and measures, rather than being constrained by strict partisan lines, and he and his wife are zealous communicants of the parish of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. In August, 1900, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Adams and Miss Mary Riley, who was born in Pennsylvania and whose parents, John B. and Mary Riley, were born in Ireland. The home circle of Mr. and Mrs. Adams still includes all of their children, namely: Helen, Theresa, Estella, Theodore and William.