WELCOME TO THE NEW HOME OF
ADAMS, NY HISTORY
AND GENEALOGY

Thank you for visiting the new home of Adams, NY History and Genealogy.  This web site offers vital records, newspaper transcriptions, biographies, DAR records, links, and much more for Adams, and south Jefferson County, NY.
Locations include, but are not limited to:

ADAMS   ADAMS CENTER   BELLEVILLE   ELLISBURG   HENDERSON   HENDERSON HARBOR   HONEYVILLE    LORRAINE    MANNSVILLE    NORTH ADAMS    RODMAN     SANDY CREEK    SMITHVILLE   WORTH
AND SOUTH JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY

Much of the information provided throughout this web site was obtained and/or provided by the Adams, NY town historian, as well as the Historical Association of South Jeff, and the Jefferson County Journal.  Reproductions of Watertown Daily Times articles are done so with written permission.  The Adams, NY History and Genealogy web site is offered as a free service for visitors in an effort to preserve history and genealogy records for the area. There are no membership fees associated with this site, and the information contained within these pages will always be free to visitors.

In the event you have information you feel would be an asset to this site, i.e. vital records, biographies, family trees, etc., please feel free to submit the information using the email address at the bottom of each page.

This is a self-service web site and we hope you enjoy your visit and find exactly what you are looking for.  Enjoy and good luck in your search efforts!

NOW OFFERING GENEALOGY AND HISTORY RESEARCH

Nancy Kendrick, the administrator and web master of this site, is now offering genealogy and history research.  The hourly research fee is $35.00 with a minimum of two hours of research required.  Payment for the minimum requirement must be received in advance by money order only.  No checks or credit cards will be accepted.  In addition to the hourly fee, you will be charged for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred on your behalf for research requests, i.e. gas costs for travel to local research facilities, copy fees, etc.  A simple "Research Request Agreement" will need to be executed, which protects your interests, as well as my own.  Once the agreement is executed, research will begin.  For further details, please email me at adamsny@adamsny.net.


THE FOLLOWING IS TRANSCRIBED FROM THE JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL. 
THE ADAMS, NY HISTORY AND GENELAOGY WEB SITE IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH
THE JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL
AND HAS RECEIVED PERMISSION TO REPRODUCE THE INFORMATION BELOW.


Thursday, August 28, 1884
ADAMS IN FLAMES!
A $100,000 Fire!        Inadequate Fire Apparatus!
The Principal Building Blocks on West Main Street Burned - Including Adams Collegiate Institute
Watertown Firemen with Steamer No. 2 come to the rescue.

For the third time Adams has met with a heavy loss by fire, probably the greatest in its history.  A few minutes before two o'clock this morning, fire was discovered in Chandler & Lamson's store by Dr. R. T. Kirkland and Fred Lee.  An alarm was immediately given and the fire engine was out promptly, first being placed near the millpond back of E. Cook's store.  The water in the pond was so low, however, that they could not reach it, and it was moved to the reservoir opposite the Huson House.  At first it seemed as tho' the firemen would control the fire, but it soon became evident that they could not and a dispatch was sent to Watertown for help.  The fire spread rapidly, taking in J. O. Brown's grocery store, Arms & Hungerford's and D. E. Taylor's dry goods stores, A. W. Kirby's clothing store and Ripley's boot and shoe store until the road was reached.  It was thought at the time that the building could be save, but when the reservoir on the north side of the creek was pumped dry, the company were compelled to move in the reservoir on the south side and directed their efforts to preventing the fire spreading south; which: they finally succeeded in doing, but not before H. E. Fox's drug store, John H. Gilbert's clothing store, Chas. Clark's saloon and Loren Ripley's harness shop were burned.
They succeeded in stopping the fire at Union block, which by the way is a wooden one, while those that burned were brick.  At two minutes before five the Watertown company No. 2 and part of No. 3 arrived with No. 2's steamer.  They were delayed in procuring a platform car on which to place their engine and at Adams Center waited six minutes to pass train No. 3.  This delay is what lost us our Institute Building formerly known as the Cooper House block.  If they had arrived a few minutes earlier, it would have been saved.  However, they prevented the fire from spreading any further, and undoubtedly saved Huson House, and private dwellings of Railroad street.  As far as we can assess at the present writing, the losses are as follows: Adams Collegiate Institute - $10,000, insurance $6,000; Prof. G. B. Rhodes had $600 insurance in his household goods which will cover his loss.  Wm. Daily, the janitor of the institute lost all household good was covered by insurance.  L. J. Bullock's stock millinery goods were nearly all removed, loss covered by insurance, W. A. Overton's grocery stock was nearly all removed and loss well covered by insurance.  N. A. Barney's stock was nearly all removed and loss covered by insurance.  D. A. Dwights three stores in Institute block were appraised at $6,000, insurance $4,000.  The goods in Ripley's shop were nearly all removed and insured.  The stock in Taylor's dry goods store were nearly all removed, and the loss will be covered by insurance.  Maxon & Ramsdell saved their library and valuable papers.  Mrs. McNeal saved but little from her millinery rooms.  The block occupied by Kilby and Ripley were owned by Charles Chrisand, valued at $6,000, insurance $4,000.  Arms Y Hungerford were unable to move but a little large stock of dry goods and probably are the heaviest losers.  Loss $2,500, insurance $1,600.  Not a thing was saved from J. O. Brown's grocery stock which was valued at $6,000, with an insurance of $3000.  Chandler & Lamson lost their entire stock valued at $6,000, with about $3,000 insurance.  H. E. Fox saved some of his drug stock, which was valued at $5,000 with $3,000 insurance.  W. H. H. Taylor lost his law library and all his law papers, no insurance.  C. W. Snow, billiard room, loss $1,000, insurance $500.

The block occupied by Arms & Hungerford was owned by E. J. Wait, valued at $4,000 with $2,500 insurance.  The store occupied by J. O. Brown was owned by Mrs. A. B. Huson, valued at $3,500, insurance $2,500.  The store occupied by H. E. Fox was owned by Erastus Hale's estate, insurance $4,000, loss $2,000.  The store occupied by John H. Gilbert was owned by a. B. Gilbert on which there was no insurance.  Chas. Clark removed most of the stock in his saloon.  The stock of Loren Ripley's harness shop was also removed.  The building was owned by D. B. Lockwood, valued at $4,000, insurance $2,500.  Geo. Horth's store adjoining was not burned, but damaged to some extent as well as stock.  R. T. Kirkland, dentist, lost about $800, with $500 insurance.
 
THE FIRE
To the citizens of Adams, a sermon on "The Fire" at the Presbyteriean church, Sunday evening, by the pastor.  All invited to consider the lessons of the Fire.

Had our village been possessed of proper facilities for fighting fire, a large number of buildings would have been spared as their was little wind.  When will our people awake to the necessity of procuring something with which to properly fight the fire demon.  Let us arouse from our Rip Van Winkle sleep in this matter and do something.  Now is the time for action.

W. A. Overton has moved his stock of grocery goods into a store in Sanders' new block.

Many thanks are rendered to the boys of Watertown Fire department who rendered such effective service in checking the fire.
 

Hon. L. L. Hunt met with a loss of $500 on his law library.  But few volumes were saved out of the Holley public library.
 

John H. Gilbew saved the greater part of his clothing, loss covered by insurance.
 

D. E. Taylor and A. D. Ripley have rented one half of J. S. Brown & son's block and are moving their stock.

ADAMS, NY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Search this Site with PicoSearch

1849 MARRIAGE RECORDS

1884 DOWNTOWN ADAMS FIRE
ADAMS, NY HISTORY

ALLEN FAMILY


ADAMS, NY PHOTO SLIDESHOW

ADAMS, NY ARCHIVAL IMAGES
From the New York State
TUG HILL COMMISSION
BELLOFF FAMILY
GENERAL
BRUCE C. CLARKE
BOLDT CASTLE

DEBORAH CHAMPION
CHAPTER OF THE DAUGHTERS
OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
NATIONAL CHAPTER NO. 438
ADAMS, NY


DR. LOIS GANNETT



GENEALOGY
AND HISTORY LINKS
To New York State Resources,
Jefferson County Histories,
10th Mountain Division,
and much more.


HISTORIC FACTS OF
JEFFERSON COUNTY,
NEW YORK

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
OF SOUTH JEFFERSON, NY

HISTORIC WRITINGS
BY ADAMS, NY RESIDENTS
HISTORY OF HOMES
AND LAND IN ADAMS, NY

HISTORY OF ADAMS AND
JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY
TOWN AND VILLAGE NAMING ORIGINS
JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL
TRANSCRIPTIONS

Tuesday, March 10, 1896

Tuesday, March 31, 1896

June 16, 1896

Wednesday, April 18, 1945

Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Adams, NY Celebrates 200 Years!

Permission to reproduce
these archival papers granted
by The Jefferson County Journal
MEMORIES OF
THE OLD HOMESTEAD
BY HENRY LYMAN

NORTH ADAMS CHURCH
OFFICIAL RECORDS
Membership records,
births, deaths, baptisms,
excummunications,
burial locations

PATRICK - THOMPSON
CEMETERY RECORDS
Patrick Road, Adams, NY
This cemetery sits on the town line
for Adams and Rodman.  The majority
of the cemetery is in the town of Adams.

POTTER'S OF
JEFFERSON
AND ONEIDA COUNTIES
RECORDS:  LAND & DEEDS REMINISCENSES OF ADAMS, NY
RING FAMILY RING' STORE HISTORY;
INCLUDING COOPER AND
DWIGHT BLOCK
VITAL RECORDS INFORMATION
FOR THE UNITED STATES
VILLAGE OF
ADAMS, NEW YORK SETTLED IN 1800

F. W. WOOLWORTH
OF RODMAN, NY

EVOLUTION OF THE DEPARTMENT STORE
Woolworth's, Watertown, NY,
Belk, Bloomingdale, Gimbel's, Harrod's,

Hudson, Macy's, Marshall Field, Wanamaker, Montgomery Ward


KING OF THE FIVE-AND-DIME

FRANK WINFIELD WOOLWORTH, 1852-1919

WATERTOWN, NY:
Concern for Woolworth Building Future

WOOLWORTH CLOSES ALL STORES

WOOLWORTH CLOSES VARIETY STORE ERA

WOOLWORTH VIRTUAL MUSEUM
YEARBOOK TRANSCRIPTIONS:
1923 ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL

1924 ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL

                THE ADAMS, NY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY WEB SITE © 2000 - 2008 by Nancy Kendrick
All Rights Reserved. 
Email Address: adamsny@adamsny.net