SAMUEL T. ADAMS
It is not now definitely known at what time Mr. Adams' father
arrived in the county. He came out, however, at a very early date
along with other old settlers from Virginia. We have an account by
which it is certain that he was in St. Louis county in 1816. He remained there several years working in various ways to " turn an honest
penny," and made some money before coming into the limits of Franklin. It is probable that he settled here about the time this county was
struck off from that of St. Louis, in 1818. He bought land and made
improvements sear the site of Labadie station. He at once began a
systematic course of farming, and stuck to his plow and hoe with a
pertinacity that no blast from a hunter's horn could falter. He let
others do the hunting and sporting, but he chose for himself the even
tenor of a farmer's life. He raised large quantities of tobacco, which he
disposed of in St. Louis at profitable rates, and soon found himself with
ample means. He was married here to Elizabeth Steele, the daughter
of Henry Steele, who made him an economical and industrious house
wife, and bore him two children, the daughter being Mrs. Elvira W. Jeftries, of Washington. He continued to invest in real estate till a
large tract of valuable land was secured. He was known not only as
a man of wealth, but as a gentleman of the strictest integrity, who
always kept his reputation "honor bright." His wife died in 1843, and
he followed her to the grave the ensuing year.
Our subject was born here November 8th, 1837. After the demise
of his parents he and his sister were put under the superintendence of
guardians and received each a good education. At the age of nineteen
he began farming on the old homestead. When twenty-two, he chose
as a life companion Miss Agnes, the daughter of Wm. North, an old
settler, and one of the first merchants in Boles township. He located
on his present premises, about two miles southwest of Gray's Summit,
in 1866-- a fine location, handsomely improved, a view of which has
been contributed to our lithographic department.
Mr. Adams is a large land owner, and is well circumstanced, and is
known in business circles as a gentleman in every way responsible.
The soil in each of his farms is rich, to say the least. In 1876 a field
of thirty-five acres, where he lives, averaged seventy bushels of corn to
the acre which we note down as a comment on the character of the
lands of this section of the county.
He has two sons, one now about grown, on whom he is conferring all
the advantages of a thorough education, believing that knowledge is
power, and the best patrimony that can be left to children.
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