Hurl R. Adams, who has been in the bakery business at Yellow Springs since 1901, having moved there in that year from Waynesville, in the neighboring county of Warren, where he had been engaged in business for three years or more, was born in the city of Xenia on April 15, 1874, son of David M. and Etta (Rader) Adams, both of whom also were born in this county, the former on a farm three miles south of Xenia, in 1840, and the latter, in the city of Xenia, m 1844, who were married in 1872 and whose last days were spent in Xenia.
David M. Adams received his schooling at Xenia and was early trained to the trade of carpenter and bridge builder, which vocation he followed all the rest of his life. He had a shop in Xenia and during the winters employed his time in the making of sleighs and in the general upholstery business. He died in 1885, leaving two sons, the subject of this sketch having a brother, Joseph Harry Adams, born on January 4, 1880, who married Ella Mason, of Xenia, and is still residing in that city.
Hurl R. Adams received his schooling in the schools of Xenia and when fifteen years of age becoming employed during school vacations in one of the local elevators. When eighteen years of age he became interested in the bakery business and after learning the details of that business was for three years engaged as the manager of C. W. Trader's bake shop in Xenia. Thus qualified by practical experience, Mr. Adams then went to Waynesville, in the neighboring county of Warren and there became engaged in the bakery business on his own account, and was thus engaged there for three years, at the end of which time he sold his shop there and moved to Yellow Springs, where, in 1901, he opened a bakery and has since been quite successfully engaged in business. In 1906 he bought the property he now occupies on Xenia avenue and is well equipped for handling the trade he has built up.
On September 29, 1896, while living at Waynesville, Mr. Adams was united in marriage, at Xenia, to Meddie Hartman, who was born at Starbuck, in the vicinity of Wilmington, in the neighboring county of Clinton, daughter of William and Hannah Hartman, and to this union three children have been born, namely: Harold R., born on November i, 1899, who is now engaged in the Edison Laboratory at Orange, New Jersey; Thelma, January 16, 1904, who is now a pupil in the Yellow Springs high school, and Mildred, February 28, 1908. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Methodist church. Mr. Adams is a member of the local lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons.
From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918