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By Mrs. Jo Evelyn Phillips

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William Carlton Adamson, born October 17, 1902, son of Doctor Orestus D. Adamson and Grace Truman Chapman Adamson, was a native of Forest Park, Georgia. He moved to Jefferson County, Texas, after his father became resident physician at the United States Quarantine Station at Sabine Pass in 1923. The old Sabine Pass station is now maintained by the U. S. Coast Guard.

Elsie Ealer Bumstead Adamson was born in Fletcher, Hardin County, Texas, on April 13, 1903. She lived for most of her youthful years in Warren, Tyler County, Texas, with her parents, Henry Bumstead and Nancy Ealer Parker Bumstead. Elsie Bumstead and Carlton Adamson were married on October 12, 1928.

Two daughters, Jo Evelyn and Elsie Juanita, were born in old Sabine, Texas. A third daughter, Nancy Truman, was born in Sabine Pass, Texas, where the family lived until 1936. Carlton Adamson secured employment with Sun Oil Company and worked with a seismographic crew. The nature of his job required that the family move about quite often. Beaumont, Orange and Liberty were the locations of some of their short-term residences. In 1937, when Carlton began working at the Sun Company Station at Smith's Bluff (Nederland), the Adamson family made Nederland their permanent home thereafter.

Our home life was a happy one. Most of the family's activities centered around our church. Mr. Adamson served as a deacon of First Baptist Church for many years. He was chairman of the Board of Deacons from 1947 until his death December 1, 1958. Mrs. Adamson devoted her life to working with the youth of the church through Sunday School and Girl' Auxiliaries. Their home was always open to youth fellowships, such as taffy pulls and slumber parties.

After Carlton's death in 1958, Elsie worked in the material department of McLemore's Store on Boston Avenue for many years, while still maintaining her home on Fifteenth Street. Elsie retired in 1967, enjoying her family until her death on June 17, 1969.

The oldest daughter, Jo Evelyn, and her husband, Judson W. Phillips, live in Nederland. Judson is a retiree of Texaco, where he worked for 38 years. Jo Evelyn was employed by Nederland Independent School District, where she taught school for 25 years. Jo Evelyn and Judson Phillips have two daughters, Donna Rea Phillips Sanders and Beverly Diane Phillips Edmundson.

Juanita is currently employed as a teacher's aide at Highland Park Elementary School for the Nederland School District. Her husband, Otis Hilton Brown, is retired from Nederland Independent School District. Juanita and Otis have one son, William Henry Brown.

Nancy lives in Zavalla, Texas, with her husband, Billy Wayne Haight. She has three children, Pattilyn Thea Scott Perkins, James Kenneth Scott, and Joe David Scott.

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