J.D. Adams, War Vet, Dies On Birthday

Well-Known Resident One of First Letter Carriers in City

WAS 85 YEARS OLD

John D. Adams, of 10 Knapp avenue, well known Civil War veteran and Commander of General Lyon Post, 266, G.A.R., died at the Middletown Sanitarium at 9:30 o’clock on his 85th birthday Thursday night after several weeks illness.

Mr. Adams was born near Sussex, N.J., Nov 27, 1839, oldest son of Rev. Chauncey M. and Charity [sic] Adams. He was president of the First New Jersey Cavalry Veterans’ Association, of Trenton, N.J., and of Letter Carriers’ Association, 526, of this city. Mr. Adams was one of Middletown’s first postmen.

Mrs. Adams, formerly Mary E. Demarest, died here Dec. 24, 1905. Mr. Adams is survived by one son, Charles A. Adams, vice-president and general manager of the Middletown office of Berry and Company, and one daughter, Miss Emma D. Adams, teacher in the Middletown High school.

The funeral will be held at the residence, 10 Knapp Avenue, 11 o’clock Monday morning, with interment in Hillside Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Source: Middletown Daily Herald, November 28, 1924.

Dean of Mail Carriers (excerpt)

John D. Adams, the dean of Middletown mail carriers, is seriously ill at the Sanitarium in this city and his many friends are saddened thereby, for he is a “grand old man.” He was not only one of the first carriers of Uncle Sam’s mail in this city when free delivery was established but he has been one of the most faithful. Fair weather or four he was always to be found on his route, missing scarcely a day in more than a quarter of a century until his retirement a few years ago. In addition to being faithful and true to his duties, John D. Adams has been the friend of every man, woman and child along his route, always having a happy greeting, always accommodating, always there with a smile. He has gotten a great deal out of life and he has put a great deal into his [unintelligible].

Source: Middletown Daily Herald, November 24, 1924. There is a second paragraph to this story that is illegible.

Back From His Annual Vacation

John D. Adams Has Enjoyed 30 of Them

“I have returned from enjoying my thirtieth annual vacation as an employe [sic] of Uncle Sam,” remarked Letter Carrier John D. Adams, to a Times-Press reporter. “Don’t you think Uncle is pretty good to me to have given me 30 of them?” The reporter assured the aged distributer of mail that he was certainly to be congratulated, and Mr. Adams proceeded to tell how engaged in the service the year before the big blizzard of ’88 and some of the difficulties encountered in getting the mail to the people at that time. He spent his recent vacation at Yankee Lake, where he has spent several others, always enjoying them, despite the fact that one of the most difficult things he has to do is cease work even for a brief season. Mr. Adams is a veteran of the Civil War, and consequently watches with special interest the movements in the present conflict.

Source: Middletown Times-Press, July 27, 1917.

Mary Middaugh Snook

Mrs. Mary Snook, widow of the late Samuel Snook, died at 5:00 Weds. evening, Sept. 26, 1894, at the home of her son, John N. Snook, in this village. Death was caused by a general debility.

Mrs. Snook was born in Clove Valley, near Deckertown, NJ on Jan 11th, 1815, and was a daughter of John and Hannah Middaugh.

In the year 1838, she was united in marriage to Samuel Snook. The fruits of this marriage was a family of nine children, the only one surviving being John M. Snook, with whom she resided at her death.

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E.D. Reed’s Failure

G.B. Adams of Middletown has purchased the entire stock of dry goods of E.D. Reed of Hancock, through the assignee of the latter. The stock is valued at about $5,000, and it is the intention of the purchaser to remove the goods from Hancock.

Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 12, 1886.