The C. A. McAdams Family
Our American Rootsby Charles G. Petersen
John Franklin was a farmer and lived near Swea City in Harrison Township, Kossuth County, Iowa. On March 6th in 1901 he married Ada Helen Slyter in Swea City. They had 5 children: Ira Harold born 18 Feb 1903, Albert Francis born 31 Oct 1904, Dorothy Pearl born 8 Sep 1909, Margaret Anna born 25 June 1914, Helen Irene born 25 Apr 1917, all born in Harrison Township. Sometime in the 1920's he moved the family just across the state line near East Chain in Pleasant Pairie Township, Martin County, Minnesota. He farmed there until he died on May 17, 1943.
Dorothy married Bertwin Wendt in 1930. Helen married Marvin Balcom in 1936. These links are what I believe are wedding photos for Dorothy and Helen.
I was too young to remember John Franklin but I do remember the farm as his son, Ira, had the farm afterward and I remember visiting there and playing with my second cousin, Franklin. East Chain had a very small school, but I remember seeing this picture of Ira on the school's basketball team. I believe they won the state Championship. Ira maybe the one holding the ball, but not sure.
Later in life I had to pleasure of meeting both
Dorothy and Helen in Fairmont, Minnesota around
1980. They told me a lot about the McAdams
family that I didn't know at the time. Like the
fact that my mother had been married and divorce
before she married my father.
Dorothy - I remember how upset Aunt Lilly was when your mother got married.