Tampico Tornado, October 12, 1916
AGED MAN FOUND DEAD IN R.R. CLOSET
Jacob B. Adams Pioneer Citizen Dies Suddenly Tuesday of Heart Failure
Alarmed and worried whentheir aged father did not return from town an hour after supper time, Jacob B. Adams' daughters gave the alarm that he must be lost or something happened. Searching parties were organized and the sad news was soon conveyed to the waiting, worried daughters that their father had been found dead in the closet at the Burlington depot, about 7:30 o'clock by Wm. Metcalf one of the searchers. The aged man who was still active and able to ge about and care for himself was last seen about 8 p.m. when he was at the pool hall. It is supposed that he went from there to thedepot and then to the closet. When found his body was cold indicating that he had been there for several hours. He was in a sitting posture with his head thrown back into the corner and had evidentally died without a struggle. The body was taken to Parent's undertaking rooms where theinquest was held the following being the jury: A. J. GLASSBURN foreman, G. L LOVE, Robt. COLLINS, H. E. RICE, Wm FURRY, O. D. OLSSON who after hering the testimony of Wm. METCALF who told of finding the dead man and James ADAMS a nephew who said that the dead man had not been feeling real well since last Friday and had taken laxatives on the day of his death. He thought the death was due to heart trouble and understood that he had been treated for heart trouble by Dr. HORN who also testified theat he had treated the deceased for heart trouble. coroner FRYE directed the jury to return a verdict of death due to heart failure while in the Burlington closet.
No fuenral arrangements had been made up to Wednesday noon owing to the fact that a daughter in the west must be hard from. It may possibly be held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church.
Jacob B. ADAMS was born in Dayton, Ind., Jan. 19, 1837 and came to Illinois with his parents in 1847 settling in Bureau county south of Tampico where the family lived for manyyears making him one of the pioneers He was an old soldier and served in Co. B., 64th Ill. Vol. Inf.. He was married March 28, 1872 to Miss Nellie OLSSON who died Sept. 3, 1884. Several years ago he retired from the farm and has made Tampico his home ever since.
He is survived by four daughters: Amy ADAMS at home, Alma HALL at home, May ADAMS of North Dakota, Minnie WHITTAKER of Yellowstone Park, Wyo. There are no remaining brothers or sisters. The relatives have the sympathy of the community in the sad, quick taking of their father.
Jacob B Adams
TAMPICO TORNADO October 19, 1916
FUNERAL OF JACOB B ADAMS
The funeral of the late Jacob B. ADAMS was held last Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Methodist church, the services being in charge of Rev. W. J.EYLES, pastor of the Baptist church and commander of the sons of Veterans who was assisted by Rev C.THORNTON, the new Methodist pastor. Old soldiers, some of veterans and ladies of the Relief Corps attended the funeral in a body. Music was furnished by a quartette consisting of Mesdames Jack HELLIER and Homer TURNER. The church was filled with relatives and old neighbors and friends of the deceased and there were a number of beautiful floral tributes. Interment was in the cemery at Whittington near his old farm home.
The pall bearers were Sam and John MEEK, Will, Robert, Frank and Collins ADAMS.
Related Link: Obit - Mrs. Jacob (Nellie) Adams 1884