In Canadice, August 7th, 1876, Gabriel Adams died at age 46 years.
Another of our best and most respected citizens has gone to his reward, and the family, the church and the town, feel that they have sustained a great loss. Mr. Adams was the only surviving son of Joseph and Charlotte Adams. He has been for many years an earnest Christian and zealous worker in the cause of Christ.
While at work in the barn with a horse fork, July 27th, the pulley fastening gave way, letting the fork fall from the top of the barn, one tine striking him on the head just above the right temple, penetrating the skull, and badly lacerating the brain.
The unfortunate man lay in a stupor the most of the time, until Monday, August 7th, when his happy spirit was called to the God who gave it.
Rev. Mr. Dayton addressed words of consolation to the afflicted family and a house filled to overflowing with sympathizing friends and neighbors. In his loss we lose a kind and loving father and an honest, upright man. Let us take warning and be therefore also ready; for, in an hour, we think not the son of man cometh.
Canadice - A serious accident occurred in town last week, whereby on of our citizens was nearly deprived of life, and at this time of writing but little hope is entertained of his recovery. The circumstances are as follows: On the 27th inst. while Mr. Gabriel Adams, with his hired help, was engaged in pitching hay with a horse-fork, (Mr. Adams being in the mow) the chain by which the pulley was attached broke just as a forkfull was dropped, letting the fork fall upon Mr. Adams, one tine of which entered the head nearly four inches forward and above the right ear. Surgeon Connor of Springwater was immediately called, but gave no encouragement to hope for his recovery. Dr. Smith of the same place also called, and decided he could not survive. At first his mind wandered, but he has recovered consciousness and tells the neighbors the particulars of the accident. A portion of brain matter was lost at the time of injury, and small portions are taken from the wound daily. No fever or inflamation yet appears, and the friends and community hope for the best yet fear the worst. Mr. Adams is an honorable and upright citizen, and has many friends.
Canadice - It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of our townsman and friend, Mr. Gabriel Adams, of whom we made special mention in our last as the subject of a serious accident. Soon after our writing he began to fail rapidly, and lost his mind almost entirely. Fever and inflamation began to rage, and it became evident that death must soon ensue. Dr. Richmond of Livonia was called in council, and also decided that there was no hope. On the 7th inst. Mr. Adams closed his eyes to all that is earthy, and, we trust, awoke to the glories of an immortal existence.
A post mortem examination was held by Drs. Conner and Smith, which revealed the extent of the injury, which was greater than at first supposed.
Mr. Adams had entered his 49th year, and leaves a wife and two children (one of whom is married) and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely and tragic death. He has long been a resident of this community, and was known as a straight-forward, honest, christian man, a kind husband and father, and was respected by all. His funeral rites were conducted at the M. E. Church, Rev. S. M. Dayton officiating, and his remains laid in the new cemetery. A larger audience was in attendance than could gain admission. The friends are comforted in the thought that he had an abiding faith in the atonement, which he expressed during his last hours of consciousness.
Canadice - Mrs. Charlotte Adams went to Hornellsville last Monday. She has been in poor health for the past six months and has gone there for medical treatment.
Canadice - Mrs. Charlotte Adams a life long resident of this town departed this life on Saturday the 27 inst. Besides a large circle of friends she leaves two daughters, two sisters and two brothers to mourn their loss.
Canadice - Mrs. Charlotte Adams, who has been a great sufferer with cancer of the throat, died last Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Branch. She leaves two daughters and two brothers and sisters, besides a large circle of friends.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the church. Interment in the Canadice cemetery.