"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Adams, Ludwig one of the representative young farmers of Lincoln County, residing in Section 3, town of Merrill, was born in the town of Corning, Aug. 25, 1902, son of Gerhard and Katherine ADAMS. The parents were natives of Germany who came to the United States as young people in 1874, settling in Lincoln County, Wisconsin, when there were but seven houses in what is now the city of Merrill. Gerhard ADAMS took a homestead of 160 acres in the town of Corning, the land being covered with heavy timber. Having cleared a small space, he put up a log house, then was married to Katherine SEGELSKY. Soon he enlarged his log house, which is still standing, and built a log barn, beginning the development of a farm, on which he subsequently carried on general agriculture and dairying successfully. In the meanwhile he started another farm, buying 40 acres in the town of Merrill, which was a partly improved tract, having a small house on it. Having remodeled and enlarged the house and built a frame barn 30 x 80 feet with full basement, he sold his farm in the town of Corning and moved to his new purchase. All this work was carried on under pioneer conditions, as when he began operations there were no roads in the county but "tote" roads, and it was over one of these that he and his bride drove out to their pioneer home in the lumber wagon drawn by owen. Both are now living, she with her son Erick, who has a cheese factory in this locality, and he with his son Ludwig. They have had seven children, four of whom are now living: Felix of Brokaw; Ludwig, subject of this sketch; Erick, above mentioned, and Cecelia. Two died in infancy and another, Joe, is also deceased. Ludwig ADAMS, who was born on his parents' homestead in the town of Corning, moved to the present farm with his parents. His education was acquired in the Pine Grove School. He helps to clear and improve the farm and resided with his parents except for several years when he was in the United States service, which included two years and a half regular enlistment, and one year and three months as substitute. It was in 1918 that he enlisted in the coast guard service, and after training at Racine, Wis., saw service on the U.S. Steamships Tuscora and Beaver, under command of the navy department. His navy experience was off the coasts of the United States, as far north on the Pacific coasts as Alaska. At one time his vessel was frozen in for three months; and at another time it was attacked by a submarine, which shot away the smokestack. He was discharged at Racine, July 15, 1921, and for awhile subsequently was in the employ of the Nash Motor Co. at Kenosha, and after that worked on farms until he returned home. In May, 1923 he bought the home farm and is now engaged in general farming and dairying, keeping 14 head of grade cattle and milking 13 cows. Ludwig ADAMS was married at Waukegan, Ill., May 23, 1919, to Anna Margaret JENSEN, daughter of Hans P. and Marie JENSEN, her parents being natives of Denmark. She was one of the family of six children, Mary, Margaret, Jorgen, Carlo, Evlyn and Raymond. Mr. and Mrs. ADAMS have three children, Margaret, John and Roselieann.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 591-592; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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