Each community has its citizens who stand as leaders in business life and in the upbuilding of the community, and in Bradford Adam W. SHRIVER is so classed. He was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, October 12, 1866, and is one of the four children of Adam B. and Malinda (DAWSON) SHRIVER, both of whom were natives of the Keystone state, the mother’s birth having occurred in Greene county. The father, a farmer by occupation, died when his son Adam was only three months of age and was laid to rest in Greene county, Pennsylvania. The mother, however, still survives and is now living in Milo, Illinois. Of the children three are living, Francis Marion, the second member of the family, having died when twelve years of age. The sisters of Mr. SHRIVER are Mrs. Emma JOHNSON; and Mrs. Catherine HAY, of Milo, with whom the mother is now residing.
Adam W. SHRIVER was only one year old when brought by his mother to Illinois and he completed his education by study in the schools of Milo. When a youth of eighteen years he went to Iowa and pursued a commercial course in the C. H. Pierce business college of Keokuk. Following his graduation from that institution, whereby he was well fitted for life’s practical and responsible duties, he returned to Milo, where he conducted a general mercantile store for thirteen years, meeting with good success in the undertaking. In 1902 he removed to Broadmoor, a little place on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and the center of a fine farming district and also a shipping point for grain and cattle. He bought a tract of land here and erected a splendid store building, two stories in height and twenty-four by sixty feet. In it he carries a very complete line of groceries and general merchandise such as is in demand by the rural trade. He also built a large store room in the rear of the original block and he has a very large stock and is enjoying a constantly increasing patronage. His business methods are such as neither seek nor require disguise and his straightforward dealing and reasonable prices, combined with his efforts to please his customers, constitute the strong elements in his growing prosperity. Mr. SHRIVER is also a lover of the horse and is one of the stockholders and directors of the Bradford Trotting Park Association, which owns a fine track and grounds at Bradford and holds various successful meets there.
Mr. SHRIVER was married October 19, 1891, to Miss Sylvia Ada SUTHERLAND, a daughter of Joseph and Matilda SUTHERLAND, now of Milo, Illinois, her father being a prominent farmer of that locality. Mr. SHRIVER votes with the democracy and has been honored with a number of local offices. He acted as town clerk in Milo for eleven years, was school treasurer there for three years and has been assessor of Saratoga township for two terms. He also belongs to the Christian church. He is a man of influence and standing in the community and his wife is an accomplished and popular lady, while in social circles they occupy a very enviable position.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.