The C. A. McAdams Family

The C. A. McAdams Family

Our American Roots

by Charles G. Petersen
McAdams Children

George Oscar
Family Group

Their oldest son, George, was 28 and still living at home according to the 1910 census report. He became a grain dealer and by 1910 was managing the grain coop in Ringsted in Emmet County, Iowa, just 16 miles away from home. The 1910 census shows him as a 34 year old bachelor boardering with Morten Peterson family in Ringsted.
Ringsted is in Denmark Township and was predominately a Danish community. Christine came to the USA in 1899 from the village of Nyby on the island of Zealand, Denmark, just 40 miles west of Copenhagen. Her full birth name was Anna Christine Nikoline Nielsen. She came to the United States in May of 1899 heading for Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1905 she was living in Linn County, Iowa at or near Cedar Rapids. She became a Naturalized Citizen in 1910 and in that same year she married George on May 4th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ringsted is over 200 miles from Cedar Rapids even with modern transportation that is some distance and in 1910 it was a long ways away. The mystery is, how did they met? Was it all set up by some relative or friend?
They had 2 children, both born in Ringsted: James Nielsen McAdams born 27 Feb 1911 and Leonard Nielsen McAdams born 14 May 1913. They both serviced in the military during World War II.

James married Dorothy Armstrong Sturdivant in West Virginia on June 29, 1946. They lived in New Castle, Pennsylvania most of their lives where they raised three children: George Burton born November 17, 1947 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Nina Christine born November 14, 1948, and James Barrett born July 26, 1950 in New Castle. James died at the age of 62 in New Castle on November 9, 1969. Dorothy continued to live in New Castle until she died May 18, 1991.

Leonard married Mildred Elaine Kampert in Martin County, Minnesota on November 5, 1943. After he got out of the military they lived in Nicollet, Redwood, and Brown Counties all in south central Minnesota where he worked for a mortuary in nearby Mankato.
They had 4 children: Robert Alan born March 20, 1950, Richard Lee born November 3, 1952, Patricia Kay born February 22, 1956, and Judith Marie born June 3, 1957. Leonard and Mildred eventually moved the the Minneapolis-St Paul area, where he died on March 8, 1973 and she almost 40 years later on June 5 , 2010. They are both buried at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Early death
On 14 Feb 1924 Anna died in Estherville, Iowa, apparently at the hospital there for they were at that time living in Wallingford, a small town a few miles south of Estherville. This picture link was taken in 1921 at the celebration of George's parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary.
George remained unmarried the rest of his life and became the manager of the grain elevator in Armstrong, Iowa until he retired and lived in Armstrong until his death on 29 May 1954. He died of a sudden heart attack the day after decorating graves for Memorial Day with his brother, Charles, at the Harrison Township Cemetery just outside of Swea City, Iowa where many McAdams family members are buried, including his wife.
George often came to Sunday dinner at my grandparent's home in Swea City and since we were often there as well, I saw George on many ocassions. I remember when he came to Sunday dinner he always sat at the head of the table as the patriarch of the family, which being the oldest he, in effect, was.