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Fred L. Adams. A prosperous and growing business venture of Piqua, and one that has been built up through good management and industry, is the sign works conducted by Fred L. Adams. Mr. Adams was born at Fletcher, Miami county, Ohio, in 1877, a son o f John and Mary Jane (Morgan) Adams. John Adams was a blacksmith by trade and this was the occupation whlich he first followed when coming to Piqua. Later he was appointed a member of the police force here, and rose until he was chief of the department, later serving in the capacity of justice of the peace. He and his worthy wife were the parents of three children: Nellie, the wife of Charles Miller, of Ottawa; Emmet R., of Piqua; and Fred L. Fred L. Adams was educated in the public schools of Piqua, and when still a young man embarked in a retail business on his own account. This he followed for several years with some degree of success, but disposed of his interests and became manager of the Favorite Theater, subsequently taking over the management of the Strand Theater. As a young man he had learned sign painting, and when he severed his connection with theatrical matters established a small sign works of his own, into the work of building up which he threw his entire activities. At this time he has an excellent business, largely confined to doing the higher grade of work in this line. His patronage is not confined to Piqua, but extends all over the surrounding territory and much of his business comes from Sidney and other points, where the excellence of his workmanship and his promptness in fulfilling contracts have made his name well and favorably known. While he still maintains an interest in matters of a theatrical character, it is only as an onlooker, for his holdings in that line ceased when, he sold the Strand Theater, which he had founded, to the Piqua Amusement Company. Mr. Adams married Estella G., daughter of Henry and Caroline May, and they are the parents of one daughter, Lucile. Mr. Adams belongs to the local lodge of Masons, the Knights of Pythias and to the Rotary Club. He was prominent and active in all local war activities.

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