George John Adams

23 Apr 1874 - 20 Sep 1948

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George John Adams

23 Apr 1874 - 20 Sep 1948
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History told by Lula May Adams: George was born in Pennsylvania in 1874. His father and mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were baptized in England. They came to America in 1873, before George was born and stayed in Pennsylvania where his father worked until they moved

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George John Adams

Contributor: dbknox Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

History told by Lula May Adams: George was born in Pennsylvania in 1874. His father and mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were baptized in England. They came to America in 1873, before George was born and stayed in Pennsylvania where his father worked until they moved back to England. They lived in England until 1881, when they came to America again. This time they settled in Mona, Utah for a few years then moved to Provo Bench. George went to school in Provo Bench to the fourth reader. After his marriage they lived in a one room house for the first year. Here their first child was born. When the baby was four months old, she passed away with pneumonia. They next bought a small house on twenty acres of land, and here they lived for two years. They then traded this house and land for a larger piece of ground. Here they built the family home, where eleven more children were born to them. Their life was a hard one. Money was scarce, and they had to do without a lot of things they really needed. Many winters after the farm work was done, Dad would take a bed roll on his back and walk to the coal mines to find work to feed his family throught the winter. Dad helped build the Timpanogas Chapel and the Sharon Ward Chapel. He took charge of the work on the church house until it was completed. He was a hard worker and never asked of anyone anthing that he could not do for himself. If they ever needed a man to get a job done, my father was called. He was road supervisor for the state roads of Utah county for many years. He bought fruit from farmers for an eastern company. When the children were old enough that they could be left, Dad and Mother would get Dora Peterson, or Mrs Loveridge to come and stay with us they would take a two or three week trip, both winter and summer, often taking Grandmother Evans or Aunt Dade Draper, after Uncle Fred died. My dad had a big heart and felt bad where the unfortunate were concerened. He has given his last cent and borrowed money from the bank to help someone in need. They never knew he did not have the things he needed. His advice to us when we were young was "Always be honest, truthful, and always be a as good as your word". Dad had a full life. He was the life of the party wherever it was. He could sing and he and mother used to sing to us kids at night by the hour and tell stories. Dad took part in the plays they had at the ward. From the time we children were young we remember his funny parts in the dramas. In 1900 my grandfather Adams left Provo for a mission to England. My dad and mother sent him money whenever they could get a hold of it, which was hard to do. Dad and mother went on a six month mission to California which they enjoyed very much. Dad spent the last five years of his life close to home as his health wasn't good, although he did do some surveying for Orem City nearly to the end. He was in bed just four days before he died, as he wouldn't let anyone wait on him. There was much sorrow at this passing.

George John Adams

Contributor: dbknox Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

As told by Alene Adams Christensen His father and mother embraced the gospel and were baptized in England. They come to America one year before George was born. His father worked as a foreman in a mine for much needed funds. Then being homesick, they returned to England. But this wasn't to be their home. So again working and saving, they returned to America. Utah being their. goal. They first settled in Mona, Utah. Here they had a nice home and a good farm, but later settled on Provo Bench. (later known as Orem, Utah) My father was taught to work very young. They secured a large tract of land in the southwest part of Orem. George and his brother, Will, although just young boys, dug post holes and completely fenced in this huge tract of land. (I have been told they both had blisters on top of blisters). Although work was hard on the farm, their education was not neglected. They had a hugh family bible with pictures. At a very young age, my father would entertain the children of company by turning the pages of the bible and telling the story accompanying each picture. He nover lost his hunger for knowledge as long as he lived. He studied and read much. Music as a very important part of their lives. The mandolin was his favorite instrument, but he could play most everything including the piano. He loved to sing. We have been told his voice was so clear and high that standing outside of the church house, you would think it surely must be a female voice. He and his brother, Will, played in an orchestra for many years. He also loved drama and took part in all the ward plays and road shows for many years. He married Temperance in 1894. They lived in a small home in Orem the first years. Here a small baby girl was born to them. When she was four months old, she took pneumonia. They had a huge stone fireplace in one corner. At 2 a.m., my mother, sitting up with the wee one, heard a hugh clock strike two. The tones come down the chimney and she knew then their baby would not live. After the funeral, not being able to face the lttle home where they had lost their baby, they moved. They bought 20 acres of land further north in Orem. Here they built a family home and were blessed with 11 more children. I'm sure life was not always easy with such a large family, but not once did my parents complain. George helped build Timpanogas and Sharon ward chapels. He was in charge of work until the job was finished. Being a hard worker himself, he never asked anyone to do anything he could not do himself. He was also representative for an eastern fruit and produce company, buying up fruit in and around Orem. In later years he and a brother-in-law, James A. Loveless, bought up orchards of apples. Putting in their own pickers and packers, they loaded five or six train carloads and shipped them to Los Angeles, California, where they were put in cold storage. Then they went back to Utah for their families. We lived in Loas Angeles each winter when I was a child. I attended schools in L. A. and Hollywood. Huge chain stores would buy up the apples. My father and Uncle Jim would distrute them each morning. We were back home in Utah again by April. As soon as the berries came on, Dad left for Delta, Utah. There he lived in a hotel and motherf oversaw the picking and packing of the berries. Each night they were put on a train for Delta. Dad would receive them in the moring and sell them to stores and the people out in the country. Mother and Dad worked hand in hand, and it seemed to me, as a child, that nothing was impossible for them to do. Dad also took an active part in politics, being very stanch in the Republican party. He secured the halls in high schools, churches, etc., to hold their rallys. He took and active interest in everything. Evenings, after the dinner hour, George and May gathered their family around the stove. Here they sang many, many evenings away, and story telling was a favorite for everyone. He had much compassion for the unfortunate and poor. His wife said that many winters he gave people in need their last bit of money, then went to the bank to borrow the money to keep his family till spring. But he never let you know. In 1941, he and mother left on a mission to California. This was a joy to them both. In an area where Saints had been scarce, he organized a new Ward. My mother says this was a beautiful experience. The remainder of their life was spent in temple work in Salt Lake City. Along with this, George did surveying for Orem City almost to the end of his life. Just one month before his death, a family reunion was held in Provo. All children and grandchildren were there taking part in the program. Before the evening was over, George and May thrilled everyone by singing a duet, "Whispering Hope". We were all left with sweet memories. George died in the old family home of cancer.

Bald Early?

Contributor: dbknox Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

One Saturday night when Craig was about 11 and I was about 9 we got sent to bed early, as strange as it seems, to sulk about our bad behavior. Having an excess of time and being confined together, a plot for fun was designed. We had fights before where hair had been pulled out, which intrigued us. We tore 3 X 3 squares of paper and put them on the bed. We then took turns pulling out our hair to see who would have the most squares of paper full of the hair from our heads. In the morning(Sunday) when we came up from the basement for breakfast, mom had a fit seeing we both had bare patches all over our heads and we had to go to church in a short while. Out came the clippers and the rest of the hair came off. It was rough sitting on the old pink, wooden stool(chair) while the rest of the hair came off. The places where the hair had been pulled was very red and sore so our heads were splotchy as were our behinds.

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George John Adams was born on 23 Apr 1874
George John Adams was 11 years old when Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch, and is popularly known as the "father of microbiology".
George John Adams was 20 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
George John Adams was 31 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
George John Adams was 38 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
George John Adams was 55 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
George John Adams was 65 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
George John Adams died on 20 Sep 1948 at the age of 74
Grave record for George John Adams (23 Apr 1874 - 20 Sep 1948), BillionGraves Record 12323