Massac County, Illinois
MAYOR FRANK ADAMS
He is the son of Lewis and Hannah Adams, of Hutsonville, Crawford county, Illinois, and was born Dec. 17, 1865, in Galveston, Indiana, and educated in the public schools. At Hutsonville he learned telegraphy and gradually rose in positions of responsibility in the railroad service. He was agent at Metropolis, Princeton, Ky., and Paducah, Ky. At the latter place he was not only agent but was made cashier of the freight department. His railroad service covered 14 years. In 1895 he went into the furniture and undertaking business in Metropolis. In 1897 he was elected mayor and re-elected in 1899 by an increased majority. As mayor the water and light bonded indebtedness has been reduced $4,000.00. The old levee bonds refunded at a savings of $780 interest annually, a public library established, and Franklin park, so beautified that it is a popular resort for the best citizens; Washington park has also been reclaimed, while several miles of graveled streets, blocks of granitoid walks and an improved water and light plant unexcelled by any similar city stand as evidences of his administration.[History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.]
E.A. ADKINS, M.D.
Dr. E.A. Adkins is a native of Massac county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Adkins, two of the foremost citizens of the county. He was born Oct. 12, 1859, and his early life was tempered by the happy environments of the farm. He obtained a common school education and in 1881 began the study of medicine under Dr. J.D. Young, of Brooklyn, Ill., also entering the drug store as clerk, where he gained a pharmaceutical knowledge very valuable to him during his extended practice. In the winter of 1883 and '84 he entered the medical department of the University of Louisiana, New Orleans, took two courses of lectures in the Missouri Medical college, St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from that noted institution in March, 1887. Returning home he opened an office at his old home, where he has resided ever since, enjoying the confidence and profitable patronage of his life long friends. On April 7, 1886, he and Miss Laura B., daughter of Dr. J.D. Young, were married and they have a pleasant and well arranged home.[History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.]
Captain Samuel Atwell's grandfather was a native of Maryland, early moved to North Carolina, thence to Barren county, Ky., and engaged in farming. Thomas Atwell, the father, was born in Maryland Jan. 24, 1789, reared in Kentucky, and married Nancy Harlow. She was born in Kentucky, 1800, descended from Revolutionary ancestors, and died in Massac county, August, 1851, leaving ten children.
Thomas Atwell and wife moved to Harrison county, Ind., 1832, landed at Brooklyn, Ill., in a flat boat March 1, 1849, and farmed near that place until his death Aug. 18, 1862.
Samuel Atwell, his son, was born December, 1834, in Harrison county, Ind., attended the primitive schools, taught school, 1855 to '59, and at eighteen was converted in the Regular Baptist church. He spent '59 and '60 in Shurtleff College, Alton, Ill., began preaching in '61 and enlisted, the same year, a private in Company A, 56th Illinois Infantry. He was promoted to Sergeant in '62, and made captain the same year. Corinth, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Savannah and Bentonville were fields of his active service. From Chattanooga to Atlanta his regiment was rear guard. He saw Columbia burn, was in the grand review and retired commissioned Major in '65. He was discharged at Little Rock, Aug. 12, 1865, and returned to the walks of peace with honor. His impaired health necessitated the open air of the farm during the latter part of '65 and the spring of '66. In the spring of '66 he sold his farm near Brooklyn, moved to that place and resided there until the spring of '67, when he moved to Metropolis to assume the duties of sheriff, to which he had been elected. In 1869 he was elected county clerk, serving two terms at the close of which, impaired health forced him to spend two months in Oregon and two years in Auburn, Cal., where he purchased a home. Disposing of his home he returned to Metropolis in 1881 to be elected county clerk for the third time in 1882, which office he has held continuously ever since, with perhaps the longest record of any county clerk in Illinois. Most of the time he has had no opposition for his party nomination and no opposition in the general election. He has always been a staunch Republican and a minister of the Baptist church, standing high in the councils of that large and influential body. October 19, 1865, he was married to Miss Josephine Pell, who was born in Roseclare, Hardin county, Illinois. She was the daughter of Mitchell and Lethe (Badger) Pell. Six children have been born to them of whom three are living, George P., Lethe and William; three are dead, as follows: Samuel, died 1875; Lillian, wife of F.A. Gregory, Jan. 9, 1896, and Olive, wife of Fred Pfaus, Nov. 1, 1897. The Captain and Mrs. Atwell reside in their pleasant home in Metropolis, respected by all. [History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.]
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