Arthur McADAM is the owner of a fine stock farm of one hundred and sixty-five acres on sections 10 and 11, Evans township. He was born in the city of Wenona in 1868, and is a son of G. G. McADAM, a native of Ohio, who came to Illinois when a young man with his parents and located in Evans township, where he worked at the carpenter's trade. He built a great many houses in this neighborhood, and afterward gave his attention to general agricultural pursuits, which he followed up to the time of his death, becoming owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he carefully tilled and improved. He was called to various public offices, serving as tax collector for a number of years, and was also secretary of the County Fair Association for sixteen years, in which connection he did much to stimulate progress and improvement among agricultural pursuits. He exercised his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party, and in his religious faith was a Presbyterian. He died a devoted member of that church in 1903 at the age of sixty years. In early manhood he had wedded Mary Elizabeth MOORE, who was born in Kokomo, Indiana, a daughter of David MOORE, who was a farmer of Evans township from the time of the Civil war until his death, which occurred in 1902. His wife, Mrs. Anna MOORE, passed away in 1888. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. McADAM were three children: Ulysses Grant, a resident farmer living in Evans township; William T., who also follows farming in the same township; and Arthur.
In his early boyhood days Arthur McADAM accompanied his parents on their removal to a farm in Evans township and his boyhood days were spent under the parental roof and in attendance at district school No. 5. He was early trained to the work of field and meadow, and when twenty-one years of age started out upon an independent business career, at which time he possessed only a team and farming machinery. With this to serve as a nucleus around which to gather more extensive possessions he has continually added to his holdings, until he is now the owner of one hundred and sixty-five acres of valuable land situated in the edge of the timber and constituting a fine stock farm. He also owns property in Wenona and in Streator, Illinois. He is a lover of good road horses and always keeps a number of fine head upon his place. All of his live stock is of good grades and his farm is well improved in accordance with modern methods of agricultural development.
In 1893 Mr. McADAM was married to Miss Martha BUTCHER, who was born in Wetzel county, West Virginia, in 1869, and is a daughter of Robert J. and Harriett BUTCHER. Mr. McADAM is a supporter of the republican party. His wife belongs to the Christian church and both are highly esteemed people, having a wide and favorable acquaintance in the county in which their entire lives have been passed, both being representatives of worthy pioneer families of this part of the state.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.