ROBERT M. ADAMS, a successful and enterprising farmer and stock-raiser of Osceola Township, was born in Warren County, Illinois, July 26, 1846, the eldest son of William and Nancy J. (Milligan) Adams, who were both natives of the State of Pennsylvania.
The mother died when our subject was about six years old, and in the spring of 1856 the father came with his family to Clarke County, Iowa, locating in Osceola Township, where he has since made his home. Robert M. was about ten years of age when he was brought to Clarke County, and here he was reared to manhood on his father’s farm, and educated in the district schools.
At the age of eighteen he enlisted in Company I, Eighteenth Iowa Infantry, and sent to Arkansas. He was in the Seventh Army Corps, under command of General Steele, for eighteen months, most of the time doing guard duty. He was mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansas, in July, 1865, when he returned to his father’s farm in Clarke County.
In 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Haner, and to this union have been born five children – Nancy J., Irena C., Bertha E., William P. and Mary E. After his marriage Mr. Adams settled on his present farm on section 13, Osceola Township, where he has eighty acres of improved land under good cultivation, a fine residence and good farm buildings. He has met with good success in his agricultural pursuits, especially in the raising of stock. He was formerly engaged in raising hogs and cattle, but of late years has devoted is attention more especially to the raising of cattle and horses, in which pursuit he is having good success.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, attending service at Davis’ school-house. Mr. Adams has served his township as constable with credit to himself and his constituents.
SOURCE: Biographical and Historical Record of Clarke County, Iowa, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1886 p. 426-7