Omaha World Herald: Omaha, Nebraska:
January 20, 1960
Civic Leader Adams Dies
Omahan Was Active in Park Developing
Frederick J. Adams, 89, of 3325 Fontenelle Boulevard, died in a local
hospital Tuesday after a short illness.
Mr. Adams, who was best known for his interest in park development, came to Omaha from his
native Canada in 1885.
After a time with W. F. Baxter in the dry goods house of Tootle and Maul, he spent 40
years with J. P. Coats Thread Company.
He was one of the organizers of the Fontenelle
Forest Association and headed a committee which laid the groundwork for Carter Lake
Mr. Adams also headed the Chamber of Commerce city appearance committee. In 1935 it
campaigned for a cleanup of Omaha.
In September, 1954, the Mayor and other civic officials were on hand for the dedication of
Frederick J. Adams Park at Thirtieth Street and Bedford Avenue.
Idaho Interest, Too
Mr. Adams' interest in parks was not limited to
the local scene. Thirty years ago he acquired land near
Idaho's Shoshone Falls and
gave it to the city of Twin Falls as a park.
He felt the falls, 50 feet higher than Niagara and one of the scenic wonders of the West,
should be kept from "getting into hands that might commercialize it in an unseemly
Survivors: wife, Martha S.; sons, Emerson Adams and Dr. Payson Adams,
both of Omaha, and Dr. Blair Adams of Albuquerque, N. M.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday from Burket Chapel, Burial will be in Forest