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ADAMS, Herbert. (Dubuque, IA, May 28, 1863--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 3, 1945) A son of Austin ADAMS and Mary Newbury ADAMS and the brother of Eugene ADAMS, Herbert served many years as the secretary and treasurer of ADAMS COMPANY (Encyclopedia Dubuque). (1)
In June, 1884 Eugene Adams purchased an interest in the ROBERTS AND LANGWORTHY IRON WORKS. He served as secretary and manager even after the company, in 1885, was re-named the LANGWORTHY AND ADAMS IRON WORKS when Roberts sold his interest.
Herbert, Eugene's brother, bought Langworthy's interest in 1892, and the brothers became partners. Since 1892 the company was known as The Adams Company, a foundry and machine shop. The plant was originally located on Main Street. When the company was destroyed by fire in 1893, it was relocated to E. 4th Street. It was there that the famed ADAMS-FARWELL AUTOMOBILES were manufactured.
Herbert Adams served many years on the Dubuque Park Board and once pledged $10,000 toward better roadways. In 1913 Adams offered $10,000 for purchasing additional right-of-way if that was found necessary for the construction of better highway between Dubuque and Dyersville. (2)
1. "Herbert Adams Is Death Victim," Telegraph-Herald, September 3, 1945, p. 1
2. "Action of Board Meets Approval," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, December 14, 1913, p. 15