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Adams, Carl Bascomb

 Collection — Container: Folder
Identifier: KUMA-02-349

Scope and Contents

Folder 1. Photograph, black and white, inscribed on reverse "Carl B. and Mrs. Adams," stamped on the reverse "Anderson Studios, Clarksville, Ark." (undated) Letter from Clay Center attorney to Danna Murphy, Kansas West Conference, regarding death benefit for surviving wife (2000) Document from General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the UMC (2000) Obituary from Crossfire/UM Review (January 18, 1991) Life History (two pages) sent in at retirement date (1971) to Kansas West archives Pastor's personal record (stamped January 3, 1955; updated through 1968) Questionnaire from Kansas West archive (1954) List of appointments and salaries (covering 1954-1957) ***(Birth date of 1915 at top of document is in error; all other documents show 1899)


  • Record Keeping: 1964-2000


Biographical or Historical Information

Carl Bascomb Adams, born February 12, 1899, reported in 1971 that his birthplace was "somewhere in Madison County, Arkansas." He provided no details on his parents, adding that he was "from a Broken Home, since I was three years of age.... I lived an orphan and didn't have too much schooling." His memoir (published by the Kansas West conference, 1991) gives his birth-parents as Louis and Anna (Keener) Wetzel; he was adopted at age 5 by Tandy Burk and Mary (Craft) Adams. He graduated ninth grade in 1918 and spent the next several years farming, becoming "united with the church" in 1925 in Shoal Creek, Arkansas, in the Fort Smith district, North Arkansas conference. He served Alix Circuit (1949) and Lamar Circuit (1951) in that conference. He later reported, "The Call of my Lord was the greatest influence, and I battled along many years before He finally persuaded me to go into fulltime ministry.... I studied and schooled myself a lot before entering the Ministry in 1949; I visited SMU in Dallas four summers for Conference course of Study, as a Supply Pastor." His studies at SMU were during the summers of 1950-1953. He was ordained a deacon on June 13, 1952 (Blytheville, Ark.), and was ordained an elder on October 10, 1954 (Salina, Kansas). After serving 3 1/2 years in Northern Arkansas, he transferred as an associate member to the Central Kansas conference, where his appointments included Morrowville-Hollenberg, Ebenezer-Green, Isabel-Sawyer, Bloom, Barnard-Ash Grove, and Linn-Morrowville. Rev. Adams retired on June 1, 1971, to Clay Center, Kansas, but was re-appointed to Linn for another year. After his retirement he preached as a supply minister to churches in Washington and Clay counties. Rev. Adams married Edith Lee Dotson (1902-1966; spelled Dodson on grave; spelled Darson in KS West memoir) on November 28, 1920, in Shoal Creek, Arkansas; their children were Lonnie R. (born November 26, 1921), John L. (1923-1924), Carl L. (born July 25, 1926), Robert E. (born October 15, 1928), and Charles A. (born March 5, 1933). The eldest three surviving sons served in WWII (one in the Marines, one in the Army, and one in the Navy), and their fourth son, Charles, served in the Air Force during the Korean War. His family later included eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. His wife Edith died April 16, 1966; he married Juanita Seon (Lindholm) (1905-2000) of Greenleaf, Kansas, on June 29, 1968, in Washington, Kansas. Rev. Adams died December 20, 1990, in Clay County. His funeral services were held in Paris, Arkansas, and his final resting place is in May Cemetery, Logan County, Arkansas. His memoir can be found in the minutes of the Kansas West Conference, 1991, page 278.

Note written by Sarah St. John


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Language of Materials



This collection contains information on Carl B. Adams (1899-1990), who retired in 1971 after 21 years in ministry (more than 17 years in the Kansas West conference).

Arrangement Note

Undated photograph is at the beginning of the folder, stored in archival paper envelope, followed by other documents in reverse chronological order.

Other Descriptive Information

Information from Kansas West card file (discarded): b. 1899 in Arkansas d. December 20, 1990, full member at death memoir KS West Conf 1991 (p.278) 1951 - entered ministry, North Arkansas 1969 - transferred from North Arkansas as Assoc. member 1971 - retired

Sarah Pembrook, Sarah St. John
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US