1 Mar 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885
Reproduced on CD purchased from "Old Glory Accents"
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
George Adair, proprietor of the plow and wagon shop at Rock Falls, and general jobber in mechanical work, was born in Canada, May 2, 1827, his parents being John and Anna (Teezel) Adair, natives of New Jersey.
He lived at his parental home until 16 years of age, receiving a limited education. He next served two years as an apprentice at the blacksmith trade, worked at the business as a journeyman six years, and then started in business on his own responsibility in Canada. At the end of two years he sold out, moved to Wisconsin, where he established a smithy and conducted it until 1860. Next he resided four years in Michigan, and then, until the fall of 1871, in the same place and business in Wisconsin he formerly had; then he sold out there and removed to Moline, where he wrought at his vocation for two years, and finally, in 1879, he commenced business for himself in Rock Falls. He is prospering most signally. In his political views he is a Republican, and he is a member of the A. O. U. W.
He was married in 1849 to Martha Simkins, and they have had ten children, seven of whom still survive, viz.: Sarah J., George M. Belvia A., John E., Angie N., William S. and Ambrose.
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