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1948 advertisement
c. 1912. Photographer unknown, “[Adams Company],” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed April 12, 2014, https://digitalcollections.loras.edu/items/show/24.
Photo courtesy: Jim Massey
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ADAMS COMPANY (The). This Dubuque foundry shop was the former manufacturer of ADAMS-FARWELL AUTOMOBILES.

In June 1883, Eugene ADAMS and his brother Herbert purchased an interest in the ROBERTS AND LANGWORTHY IRON WORKS. In 1885 the company's name was changed to the Langworthy and Adams Iron Works reflecting Adams' purchase of Roberts' interest.

In 1892 the company was renamed The Adams Company, a foundry and machine shop, when Herbert Adams, Eugene's brother, bought the Langworthy interest. In 1892 the company moved to East Fourth Street after a disastrous fire destroyed the plant on Main Street. The foundry department made a specialty of machine castings.

Between 1898 and 1907 the company has been remembered for manufacturing with the expert assistance of Fay Oliver FARWELL fifty-two ADAMS-FARWELL AUTOMOBILES of which only one is still known to exist. The company continued to specialize in gear cutting and early in the twentieth century developed and perfected an air-cooled ROTARY ENGINE that proved crucial to the aircraft industry.

In 2011, the company offered customers over one hundred years of experience making gears, shafts & power transmission parts for customers throughout the United States Canada. Relocated from the ICE HARBOR to 8040 Chavenelle Road, the company continued manufacturing precision gears and shafts to customers' specifications. Custom made gears and shafts were sold to original equipment manufacturers of agriculture and construction machinery, oil recovery equipment, pumps, winches, wind turbines and many other industries. The firm manufactured bevel gears, helical gears, spur gears, worms and worm gears, sprockets, and couplings. It also produced a variety of shafts: keyed, pinion, threaded or splined.

The address in the 1948 Dubuque Classified Business Directory through 1993 Dubuque City Directory was 100 E. 4th St.

Historic letterhead. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Stove damper manufactured by the Adams Company
Floor heating vent whose inner portion could be rotated to allow warm air to rise into upper level rooms. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Sad Iron heater
Laundry stove. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Wood and cast iron casting mold box



Adams Company website

Kittle, M. D. "Iron, Cars and Gears: A Quick Look at the History of The Adams Company," Telegraph Herald, September 30, 2004, p. 2. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ap1dAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zlwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5149,6473449&dq=adams-farwell+motor&hl=en