Orville James Adams

1904–1967 (Age 62)
Cameron, Le Flore, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Orville James

When Orville James Adams was born on 30 April 1904, in Cameron, Le Flore, Oklahoma, United States, his father, James Ulysses Adams, was 33 and his mother, Ora Bell Kidwell, was 27. He married Edna Mae Spradley on 3 March 1933, in Hackett, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Mississippi Township, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States for about 5 years. He registered for military service in 1928. He died on 16 February 1967, in Carmichael, Sacramento, California, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Sylvan Cemetery, Citrus Heights, Sacramento, California, United States.

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Orville James Adams
Edna Mae Spradley
Marriage: 3 March 1933
Jimmy Wayne Adams
Paul D. Adams
Bobby Jane Adams
Ronnie Lee Adams
Jo Ann Adams

Spouse & Children

3 March 1933
Hackett, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States


  • Male1934–1990Male

  • Paul D. Adams


  • Bobby Jane Adams


  • Male1937–1991Male

  • Jo Ann Adams


Parents & Siblings

  • James Ulysses Adams


  • Ora Bell Kidwell




World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Diamonds Found Near Murfreesboro

Age 2

In a 37- acre plowed field in  a state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas visitors are able to go looking for diamonds. This was the site for the first diamond discovery in 1906. Through the years more than 33,100 diamonds have been found at the Crater of Diamonds. 
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 17

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Name Meaning

English (very common in England, especially in the south Midlands, and in Wales) and German (especially northwestern Germany): patronymic from the personal name Adam . In the U.S. this form has absorbed many patronymics and other derivatives of Adam in languages other than English. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .)

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • O J Adams, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Orville J Adams, "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940"
  • Orville J Adams, "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957"

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