Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     WILLIAM M. ADAMS has the distinction of having gained his fortune by his labors in the Big Bend country.  He came here with very limited capital and  now owns property worth more than fifteen thousand dollars, in Lincoln county.  His home place is situated about nine miles north from Reardan.  It was taken as a homestead on February 12, 1886, and is well improved.  In addition to doing general farming, Mr. Adams has followed, at various times, the bricklayer's trade, of which he became master in his younger days.
     William M. Adams was born in Saxony, Germany, February 2, 1847, being the son of Edward and Frederika Adams, both natives of Germany.  The father was a cooper by trade and he and his wife remained in their native country until their death.  Our subject received his educational training in the schools of his native land, during the first fourteen years of his life and then was apprenticed for four years to learn the bricklayer's trade.  When eighteen, he bid farewell to the native land and turned to the New World, landing in Newark, New Jersey, where he took up work at his trade with good success.  From there, he journeyed to Omaha and labored in that state for six years.  Then he came on to Montana and helped to erect the Wicks smelter near Butte.  After leaving Butte, Mr. Adams came to Lincoln county, settling on the place that he now owns, having bought another man's relinquishment.  He immediately turned his attention to general farming and in addition thereto has done much mason work throughout the country.  When in Spokane he assisted to erect some of the finest buildings and is well known as a man of great skill in his craft.
     In 1868, at Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Adams married Miss Christina Kamley, and to them twelve children have been born, six of whom are living as follows; Katie, Minnie, Emma, Lizzie, William and Rose.  Mr. Adams takes a keen interest in political matters and is a well informed Republican.  He is a member of the Foresters and is known as a good substantial citizen.  Mr. Adams owns other real estate and property besides that mentioned above and is thoroughly in love with this beautiful country and believes that there is no place that excels it.