Ira F. Adams[1]

Male 1876 - 1951  (74 years)


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  • Name Ira F. Adams 
    Born 18 Sep 1876  Pleasant Hills Community, south of Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  Hamilton Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: 3 
    Adams, George T. Family: 1880 U. S. Federal Census
    Adams, George T. Family: 1880 U. S. Federal Census
    George T., Permelia A. (Walters), Viola L., Lillie M., Nellie I., Mary E., Ira F., and Clarissa A. Adams
    Census 1885  Independence Township, Section 32, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Iowa State Census 
    Age: 8 
    Adams, George T. Family:  1885 Iowa State Census
    Adams, George T. Family: 1885 Iowa State Census
    George T., Permilia A. (Walters), Viola L., Lillie M., Nellie C., Mary E., Ira F., Clara A. Adams
    Census 1910  Fort Dodge, Ward 3, Wauhousa Township, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: 33 
    Adams, Ira F. Family:  1910 U. S. Federal Census
    Adams, Ira F. Family: 1910 U. S. Federal Census
    Ira F., Gertrude E. (Pruitt), Reginald G., and Mildred E. Adams
    World War I Draft Card 12 September 1918  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    (See information on Draft Card in notes.) 
    Age: 41 
    Adams, Ira F.:  Draft Registration Card, World War I
    Adams, Ira F.: Draft Registration Card, World War I
    Census 1920  Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    1920 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: 43 
    Adams, Ira F. Family: 1920 U. S. Federal Census
    Adams, Ira F. Family: 1920 U. S. Federal Census
    Ira F., Gertrude E. (Pruitt), Reginald G., Mildred E., Lillian E., and Robert F. Adams
    Census 1930  Independence Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: 53 
    Adams, Ira F. Family: 1930 U. S. Federal Census
    Adams, Ira F. Family: 1930 U. S. Federal Census
    Ira F., Gertrude (Pruitt), Reginald G., Robert F., and Lillian E. Adams
    Obituary 28 Mar 1951  Probably a Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa, newspaper, but there is no attribution Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died 28 Mar 1951  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I1024  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2007 

    Father George Thomas Adams,   b. 7 Mar 1844, McLean County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1912, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Permelia Ann Walters,   b. 18 Jul 1842, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1940, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1864  Probably Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Adams, George T. and Permelia A. (Walters) Adams
    Adams, George T. and Permelia A. (Walters) Adams
    Residents of Hamilton County, Iowa, from 1864 until 1912 when George died and until 1940 for Permelia.
    Family ID F426  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gertrude E. Pruitt,   b. 16 Nov 1882, Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1968, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 8 Jan 1905  Ames, Story County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Adams, Ira F. and Gertrude E. Pruitt
    Adams, Ira F. and Gertrude E. Pruitt
    Pictures in a mature state.
    Children 
     1. Lawrence F. Adams,   b. 18 Nov 1905, Ames, Story County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1906, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Reginald G. Adams,   b. 1 Mar 1907, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1992, Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +3. Mildred Eileen Adams,   b. 7 Feb 1910, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1986, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Lillian Elizabeth Adams,   b. 3 Dec 1912, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1969, Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     5. Robert Francis Adams,   b. 16 Aug 1916, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1974, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Family ID F264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    •        In her book, Some Descendants of Jesse Adams, 1780-1844 (1994), Charlotte Schmidt provides source notes for Ira Franklin:
             "Born: Pleasant Hill; 6 miles south of Webster City, Iowa. He and his sisters attended the Pleasant Hill School. At that time, there were 40/42 children attending the school. His father made sorghum which that family enjoyed and sold to neighbors and friends. He moved to town when his folks retires working in a printing plant and several other places. Later he worked for the Railway Express Company. He attended the United Brethren Church at the corner of Willson and Avenue and Bank Street and became acquainted with Gertrude Elsie Pruitt, daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Alonzo Pruitt. they resided in Eagle Grove, Ft. Dodge and other places before coming to Webster City where he was an agent for the American Railway Express Company. Mr. and Mrs. Adams took their membership to the Methodist Church and Mrs. Adams taught the Homebuilders Class. Retired from Railroad, Webster City, Iowa, 1940." [IFA 01.]
             In the 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Ira F. Adams is a three year old, white, single male. He was born in Iowa of parents who were born in Illinois. He lives with his parents (George,Permelia) and five sisters (Viola, Lillie, Nellie, Mary, Clarissa) in Hamilton Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. [GTA 03.]
             In the 1910 U. S. Federal Census, Ira F. Adams is a 33 year old, white, married male. He is married to Gertrude Pruitt and has been married to her for five years. He was born in Iowa of parents who were born in Illinois (father) and W. Virginia (mother). He speaks, reads, and writes English. He is employed as an agent for an Express Company and was working for the company at the time of the census. He was not unemployed on April 15 of 1910. He rents his home. He lives with his wife, Gertrude E. (Pruitt) Adams and two children, Reginald G. and Mildred E., at 1327 Second Ave. North, Fort Dodge, Ward 3, Wauhousa Township, Fort Dodge, Ward 3, Webster County, Iowa. [IFA 04.]
             In 1918, Ira F. Adams registered for the draft of World Ward I. His draft card provides the following information:
      Name: Ira Franklin Adams
      Address: 1307 Superior, Webster City, Ia
      Age: 41
      Day of Birth: September 18th 1876
      Race: White
      U. S. Citizen: Native Born
      Present Occupation: American Railway Exptress Agent
      Place of Employment: 712 DeMoines, Webster City, Hamilton County, Ia
      Nearest Relative: Mrs. Gertrude E. Adams
      Address: 1307 Superior, Webster City, Hamilton County, Ia
      Description: Tall, Stout, Bue Eyes, Light Hair [IFA 03.]
             In the 1920 U. S. Federal Census, Frank I. Adams is a 43 year old, white, married male. He is married to Gertrude E. Pruitt. He speaks, reads, and writes English. He was born in Iowa of parents who were born in Illinois (father) and Indiana mother). He works as an agent for the railway Express Agency. He is classified as a worker. He owns his own home free and clear. He lives with his wife, Gertrude, and four children (Reginald, Mildred, Lillian, Robert) at 1301 Superior, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. [IFA 05.]
             In the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Ira F. Adams is found in Independence Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. He is head of household and with him are his wife, Gertrude, two sons, Reginald and Robert, and a daughter, Lillian. Ira is a 63 year old, white, male who has been married since he was 27 years old. He was born in Iowa of parents who were born in Illinois and Virginia. He owns his home, probably a farm since the information taken indicates the family is living on a farm, and a radio. He is able to speak, read, and write English. He is an express agent for a railroad. He is currently employed; and he has not been a veteran of any military service. [RA 01.]
      An obituary, given no attribution, was included in Schmidt, Some Descendants of Jesse Adams, 1789-1844. It is included below:
      "I. F. Adams Dies at Home in Des Moines
             I. F. Adams, 74, formerly Railway Express agent in Webster City for many years, died at 3:30 p.m. today at his home 2847 Cottage Grove, Blv., Des Moines.
             He had been ill the past two years.
             Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Foster funeral home, the Rev. Edward Pruitt of Des Moines will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery.
             Ira Franklin Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Adams, pioneer residents of W. C. was born September 18, 1876 on a farm in the Pleasant Hill community south of Webster City. He received his elementary schooling in that community and later attended business college in Webster City. Shortly after his business training, he was employed by the Railway Express Co. and his work took him to various towns in Iowa.
      He was united in marriage Jan. 8, 1905 to Miss Gertrude E. Pruitt at Ames, Iowa. She was the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. A. Pruitt. In 1912 the family moved to Webster City and he served as Railway Express agent here until his retirement in 1940.
             In 1942, the family moved to Des Moines, there home since.
             He was preceded in death by an infant son, Lawrence Franklin; his parents; one brother and five sisters. He is survived by his wife; two sons and two daughters: Reginald G. Adams of Milwaukee, Wis. and Robert at home; Mrs. Harold (Mildred) Entriken of Webster City and Miss Lillian Adams of Muncie, Ind. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Mrs. Francis (Charlotte) Park of Webster City, Marlys Entriken and David Entriken, also of this city; and one sister, Mrs. G. E. Ruppel of Webster City.
             Mr. Adams was formerly a member of the Methodist church in Webster City, later transferring his membership to the First Methodist church in Des Moines.
      The family has requested that no flowers be sent, but any wising to extend a memorial to Mr. Adams can do so by contributing to the cancer fund.
             Mr. Adams was always a neighborly, friendly individual whose main interest in life were his home and his family." [IFA 02.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3370] Ira F. Adams household, 1930 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Independence township, ED 16, SD 5, sheet 6B, dwelling 131, family 133; National archives micropublication T626, roll 657, page 418. [RA 01.].

    2. [S3371] Schmidt, Charlotte, comp. (1994). Some Descendants of Jesse Adams, 1789-1844 and addenda of modified registers. Payton, CO: The compiler, p. 48 . [IFA 01.].

    3. [S3374] George T. Adams household, 1880 U. S. Census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Hamilton Township, page 25, Ed 108, SD 4, dwelling 140, family 140; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 342. [GTA 03.].

    4. [S7977] Ira Frank Adams, 1910 U. S. Census, Webster County, Iowa, Wauhousa Township, Fort Dodge, ED 220, SD 10, sheet 10A, dwelling 195, family 244; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 428, image 767. [IFA 04.].

    5. [S7976] Ira Franklin Adams, World War I Draft Registration Card, Hamilton County Draft Board, Hamilton County, Iowa; roll 1643090. [Ancestry.com. (2005). World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Database online]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc.] [IFA 03.].

    6. [S7979] Ira F. Adams household, 1920 U. S. Census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Boone Township, Webster City,ED 122, SD 10, sheet 5B; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 404, image 810. [IFA 05.].

    7. [S3373] Ira F. Adams household, 1930 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Independence township, ED 16, SD 5, sheet 6B, dwelling 131, family 133; National archives micropublication T626, roll 657, page 418. [RA 01.].

    8. [S3375] Schmidt, Charlotte, comp. (1994). Some Descendants of Jesse Adams, 1789-1844 and addenda of modified registers. Payton, CO: The compiler, p. 52 . [IFA 02.].

    9. [S3372] Schmidt, Charlotte, comp. (1994). Some Descendants of Jesse Adams, 1789-1844 and addenda of modified registers. Payton, CO: The compiler, p. 48 . [IFA 01.].

    10. [S7462] Schmidt, Charlotte, comp. (1994). Some Descendants of Jesse Adams, 1789-1844 and addenda of modified registers. Payton, CO: The compiler, p. 26 . [GTA 01.].

    11. [S7361] Schmidt, Charlotte, comp. (1994). Some Descendants of Jesse Adams, 1789-1844 and addenda of modified registers. Payton, CO: The compiler, p. 48 . [IFA 01.].


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