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Source:
The History of the City of Dayton
and
The Montgomery County, Ohio.

by Rev. A. W. Drury
1909

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  W. L. ADAMSON.  It is a well known fact that industry constitutes the key that unblocks the portals of success and, realizing this fact early in life.  W. L. Adamson has put forth persistent and well directed effort throughout his business career, wherein steady advancement has brought him to his present enviable position as president of the wholesale grocery house conducted under the name of W. L. Adamson Company.
     He was born in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1848 and his youthful days were there passed, while the public schools of the town afforded him his educational privileges.  He was a youth of seventeen when in 1865 he entered business life as a bookkeeper in a wholesale grocery house in Zanesville, there remaining for ten years, during which time he became somewhat familiar with the trade.  On the expiration of that period he felt that his experience and earnings justified his embarkation in business on his own account and he became a  partner in a wholesale dry goods enterprise in Zanesville, the firm being known as Black & Company.
     A year later, however, Mr. Adamson sold out and sought the broader field offered in the larger city of Dayton, removing hither in 1881.  Here he entered into partnership with the late George W. Kneisley, under the firm style of G. W. Kneisley & Company, in the conduct of a wholesale grocery house.  This partnership was maintained for four years, at the end of which time Mr. Adamson disposed of his interest and succeeded John Bright in the firm of Bright & Crosley, the name of being then changed to Crosley & Adamson.  When Mr. Crosley died in 1896 the business was incorporated under the name of the W. L. Adamson Company and has so continued to the present time.  The volume of trade has constantly increased and the house enjoys an excellent reputation for dependable methods, for promptness in delivery and also for the excellent line of goods carried.  The resourceful business ability of Mr. Adamson has led him into other commercial and industrial connections and he is now a director of the Western Ohio Creamery Company of Greenville, Ohio, a director in the Green & Green Company, cracker manufacturers of Dayton, and a stockholder in the Fourth National Bank.
     Pleasantly situated in his home life, Mr. Adamson was married in 1871, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Miss Catharine E. Manley and they now have four daughters and two sons, the family occupying a prominent position in the social circles of the city.  In politics Mr. Adamson is an independent republican, voting at national elections for the candidates of the party but never considering himself bound by party ties at local elections.  He belongs to the Grace Methodist Episcopal church, is a director of the Young Men's Christian Association and is interested in all those lines of activity which tend to promote material, intellectual, social and moral progress in his adopted city.  His life has at all times been actuated by high and honorable principles and his sterling traits of character are the foundation upon which he has builded his success, his record being at all times such as will bear close investigation and scrutiny.
Source: The History of the City of Dayton and The Montgomery County, Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - 1909 - Page 479
  WILLIAM M. ADELBERGER is now enjoying a gratifying trade as a dealer in cement and lime, his business having reached a substantial annual figure.  He has always resided in Dayton where his birth occurred Sept. 2, 1876, and he is the eldest of the three children of Philip and Eleonora (Boedeker) Adelberger.  The father, a native of Germany, came to America in early life and, establishing his home in Dayton, was married in this city.  Unto him and his wife were born two sons and a daughter: William M., Elizabeth, the wife of Charles E. Klugel, of Dayton; and George, who is engaged in the meat business with his father in this city.  The mother passed away in 1904, leaving behind her many friends.
     After continuing his education in the public schools until he had completed the work of the eighth grade, William M. Adelberger further pursued his studies in the Miami Commercial College, from which he was graduated in 1894, thus qualifying for the responsibilities which come with entrance into business life.  He afterward worked for C. A. Starr, a dealer in building materials, by whom he was first employed as office boy, while in various promotions he made substantial advance to the position of bookkeeper and general manager.  He was acting in the dual capacity at the time of Mr. Starr's death on the 24th of December, 1902.  Following the demise of his employer he bought out the business in connection Edmund C. Linxweiler, and the firm has since been known as the Star Coal & Cement Company.  They handle coal, cement, lime and other building materials and have succeeded in building up a large and satisfactory trade.  Mr. Adelberger is also a director of the Market Savings Bank, for his success in other lines has enabled him to make judicious investment in bank stock.
     In 1905 in Lancaster, Ohio, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Adelberger and Miss Clara Alice Wyman.  Their home is now blessed by the presence of a little son, William, Jr.  In politics Mr. Adelberger is a democrat but not active as a worker in the party ranks.  He belongs to the Knights of Pythias lodge, to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and to the Dayton Turngemeinde and to St. John's German Lutheran church.  These organizations, all of which inculcate a spirit of sociability, fraternity and morality, find a stalwart champion in Mr. Adelberger, whose many good qualities are recognized by his extensive circle of friends in his native city.
Source:
The History of the City of Dayton and The Montgomery County, Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - 1909 - Page 413

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