I have been doing genealogy for 30 years. My Great Aunt Ella introduced me to this fascinating adventure when I was a teenager and boy did I get hooked. She inspired me and taught me the importance of my roots and where I came from. I am proud to be a genealogist. I also have a criminal justice degree so the detective in me just has to search for all those treasure's out there.
Dewey DeCleo ADAIR, teacher, was born May 30, 1898, at Redding, Ringgold County, Iowa, one of four sons of John Wesley ADAIR and Margaret Jane MILLER, pioneer residents of that county. Frederick, Earl and Sampson (Dewey's twin) were older brothers, all now deceased.
Dewey grew to adulthood on the family farm south of Redding, attending Redding schools, and was a member of the Methodist Church. He graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, in 1925 with a bachelor's degree in education and commerce. Upon graduation he taught business courses in high schools of Kemmerer, Lander, and Gillette, Wyoming, spending the summers working as a bookkeeper for the famous Eaton's Dude Ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming.
In 1929, Dewey moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked for the Blackstone and Drake hotels.
The Drake Hotel
In 1933 he accepted a teaching position at Proviso Township High School in Maywood, Illinois, where he served for over 30 years. In 1938, he earned a Master's Degree in Business at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
He married Margaret Elizabeth GALLOWAY on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1929, in Chicago. Margaret was also a native of Redding, Iowa, and an educator. To this union were born three children - Kathleen, John Chalmers, and Robert Sampson.
In October, 1967, Dewey and Margaret, both having retired from teaching, moved to George, Iowa, where they made their home. Margaret ADAIR died in the Sibley, Iowa Nursing Center in 1982. In 1985 Dewey married Bonnie (MOSER) KANNEGIETER, of George.
Mr. ADAIR's greatest interest was always his family. Kathleen (Mrs. Gene) DOCHNAHL of George, Iowa, Dr. John Chalmers ADAIR, M.D., of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Robert Sampson ADAIR of Rifle, Colorado, as well as 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.
Mr. ADAIR had a keen interest in his extended family and for many years actively gathered genealogical data. He was also an active alumni of his alma mater, Simpson College, and maintained an active interest in the Methodist Church in Redding.
He traveled extensively, after his retirement, in Japan and Europe, and throughout the United States. For many years he wintered in Truth of Consequences, New Mexico. Where ever he went he made friends. Indeed, it could be said of him that "a stranger was a friend he had never met."
Graveside services will be June 13, 1992 at 1:30 p.m. at the Redding Cemetery, Redding, Iowa.
Something you may not know isDewey was a twin to Sampson Herbert Adair. See his photo below.
Sampson Herbert Adair
Although I couldn't find any passenger lists for him and or his wife going to Europe and Japan this has been so much fun finding out all the wonderful things this lovely man did in his lifetime. What a treasure for his beloved family and even me a very distant cousin.
Daughter Kathleen, and sons Robert Sampson Adir & Dr. ohn Chalmer Adair, Wife Margaret Elizabeth Gallowy, And Dewey DeCleo Adair.