Fred Adams


Griggs County – October 25, 1895


Fred H. Adams

The St. Paul Dispatch of of October 14, 1895 read as follows:

“At 4 o'clock this morning, Fred H. Adams, a newspaperman committed suicide in front of the Sherman House where he had been staying for several days. He had been restless all night and at about the hour named, came downstairs, entering the main office. He went outside and drawing a revolver, shot himself in the head. The night clerk and others who happened to be present were alarmed by the shot, and running out of the hotel, found Adams lying in his own blood, death having come almost inst­antly.

The deceased was 45 years of age and editor of the New Whatcom (Washington) Reveille, and was conspicuous and a popular figure in the North Pacific coast journalism. His home formerly was Madison, Wisconsin from where he went to North Dakota and later to the coast.”

The above telegram created a great deal of consternation among the many friends of the deceased in Cooperstown. For several years he was the editor of this paper and for two terms was Griggs County's represent­ative to the legislature, where he was recognized as one of the foremost men of that body. He left Cooperstown in 1889 and went to New Whatcom, Washington where he, in company with John Evans of Valley City, purchased the Bellingham Bay Reveille, daily and weekly.

Frederick H. Adams was born in Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, in 1851, of Scandinavian ancestry, who settled in Vermont in 1850; he was a student of the University of Vermont and is graduated from Lafayette college in the class of 1873, and afterwards (1874) from the law depart­ment of Union University, and was admitted to the bar the same year; he practiced law in San Francisco for three years as a member of the firm of Higby, Van Schaick and Adams, and came to Dakota in ,I878, where he engaged in the law and real estate business and afterwards purchasing the Griggs Courier from its founder, E. D. Stair, which plant he held until May 11, 1889 when he sold the paper to its present owner (Percy Trubshaw). Mr. Adams was a writer of more than ordinary ability, and was making a mark for himself in the sound country. He had his faults like all men, but not withstanding these, he was a broad-minded, liberal man, and the Courier with a large number of friends, regret to hear of his untimely death.

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