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Omaha World Herald: Omaha, Nebraska: January 20, 1960

Civic Leader Adams Dies
Omahan Was Active in Park Developing

Frederick J. AdamsFrederick 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.

Organizer, President

He was one of the organizers of the Fontenelle Forest Association and headed a committee which laid the groundwork for Carter Lake development.

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 manner."

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 Lawn Cemetery.