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Dr. Ross Uri Adams, MD

Updated: 26 April 2017

Ross Uri Adams, son of Uri Mason Adams7, Horace Hale6, Bildad5, Joel4, John3, Jacob2, Robert1, and Jane Woods McKain.

Ross Uri was born in Van Buren County, MI 02 June 1883 and died 29 September 1943. He married Grace Elizabeth Daly in 1919 in Covington, KY. They had one son, John F. John was an Eagle Scout and died in his teens. Ross U., Grace E. and John F. are buried in the Bly Cemetery, Cass County, MI 3 miles east of Marcellus, MI. Mausoleum of Dr. Ross Uri Adams, Grace (Daly) Adams and John F. Adams.

Dr. Ross Uriah Adams as a baby in 1883

Ross Uri Adams and his brother, Mason Clarence Adams as young boys (b/w, top portion only)

Ross Uri Adams and his brother, Mason Clarence Adams (full picture, sepia)

Dr. Ross Uriah Adams graduation portrait (with his signature "Yours Truly R.U. Adams")

Dr. Ross Uriah Adams in 1919 (in military uniform)

Postcard from Dr. Ross Uriah Adams addressed to Chester Horace Adams

Postcard from Dr. Ross Uriah Adams General view of Vittel (Vosges)

Postcard from Dr. Ross Uriah Adams. Hospital "B" looking east (Vittel-Vosges) Hotel Ceres--Hospital Militaire Pendant la Guerre de 1914-15-16. (NOTE: Vittel is in the Vosges region of NE France)

The following information was taken from various newspapers and describe how Ross traveled in Europe and was in England when the Great War (WWI) was declared. His travels included attending the England and German summer medical clinics.

British Ships in Wild Chase Over Atlantic

Two of Greatest Steamers Afloat Driven into Halifax by Germans

Wireless Warns of Danger

Passengers, Fearing Kaiser's Fleet Would Sink Ship in Panic in Mid-ocean

Halifax, N.S., Aug. 6.--Two big transatlantic liners flying the British flag, bound from Liverpool for New York, put into Halifax today as a haven from German cruisers.

The unexpected arrivals were the mammoth Cunard liner Mauretania and the big Cedric of the White Star Line. Both had been warned by the British cruiser Essex of the presence of hostile vessels in the north Atlantic waters they were about to traverse on their voyage to New York and were advised to make with all haste for Halifax. The Essex herself, convoyed the Cedric into port late today and anchored with the liner in the inner harbor.

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Steams into Halifax.

It was early in the day when the Mauretania surprised Halifax by steaming into port. Arrangements for conveying her passengers to New York were still in progress when word reached here that the Cedric also was making for this harbor at the out line of Great Britain's strategical ports in the North American continent.

The Mauretania brought more than 1,600 passengers and the Cedric more than 1,000. All, it is expected, will be sent by fast trains to their destination, ending prosaically in Pullmans and day coaches the trip from war-ravaged Europe which was interrupted so dramatically by the flight of each from the danger of seizure at sea. It already has been arranged that the Mauretania's passengers proceed by land. The Cedric's master at a late hour was awaiting advices as to the late disposition of those on board his vessel.
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Warned of German Ships.


At 11:30 o'clock Wednesday night, while off Sable Island in the midst of a thick fog, the Mauretania was warned by the British cruiser Essex to change her course without delay and head for Halifax. The helm was shifted so quickly that many passengers jolted by the shock as the ship heeled sharply, believed the steamer was turning turtle.

Under the highest pressure of her turbine engines, with all ports planketed and not a light showing, she sped over the 140 miles that lay between her and safety from German cruisers. Behind her came the Essex, whose searchlights could be seen flashing at night across the horizon as she scanned the waters for the enemy.

The Mauretania's passengers were not officially informed of what had occurred. They had received no intimation of the declaration of war.

The Mauretania sailed from Liverpool at 4:55 p.m. August 1, amid the utmost excitement. Many would-be passengers were left behind on the piers. Under pressure, the great ship made the marvelous run of 27 1-2 knots an hour during the early hours of this morning. Her average speed for the voyage was 26.06 knots.
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Passengers in Panic

When the purpose of the change of course was learned, there was excitement among the passengers. In the first cabin were 500 travelers, many of them prominent in the business, professional and church life of this continent.

The sensational report went the round of the ships that late last night a flash of light was seen over the stern of the cruiser, followed by the report of a gun. It was believed by many that some warship had fired on the liner. None of the officers could substantiate this report, as they were on the bridge, but several of them believed it to be true.

The water front was crowded tonight as the stately Cedric steamed up the harbor closely followe d by the dark gray Essex, stripped for battle. There were repeated cheers from the crowd as the Cedric dropped anchor and the Essex proceeded to the dock yard to take on coal. The Cedric's decks were thronged with passengers, all happy at having reached port safely.
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Kalamazoo Physician Reaches Halifax Port From Europe

Dr. R.U. Adams, former city physician, who has been studying abroad for several months, arrived in Halifax on either the Mauretania or Cedric, according to information received in a telegram from Mrs. William McKain yesterday. No details of the wild race into Halifax harbor to escape capture by German cruisers were given. Dr. Adams will reach Kalamazoo within a few days.
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Kalamazoo Physician Held at Halifax by Officials

Advices received in this city yesterday announced that Dr. R.U. Adams who has been attending the noted English and German summer medical clinics, is being held in Halifax where he arrived several days ago on the British Liner Mauretania. He is being held by Canadian officials, but his arrival in this city is expected within a short time.
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Dr. Adams Being Held in Canada

Dr. R.U. Adams, former county physician, who has been attending the noted summer clinics in England and Germany, has arrived in America on the Mauretania, but according to dispatches from Montreal, he is unable, for some reason, to leave the big liner at that port. The Kalamazoo physician last night wired relatives in this city announcing his safe arrival from the European trip, but stating that he was detained by the Canadian officials. He failed to state what the trouble was, but it is expected that he will reach Kalamazoo within the next 48 hours.
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Dr. R.U. Adams Back From Trip Abroad

Kalamazoo Physician Held At Halifax While War Prisoners Were Taken

Dr. R. U. Adams, who reached Halifax last week on the steamer Maritania but who was held there with other passengers, arriving in Kalamazoo yesterday morning. Dr. Adams has been traveling in Europe for about two months. He was in England at the outbreak of the war but secured passage for the United States.

When the steamer arrived in Halifax all the passengers were held until 53 prisoners of war could be examined and taken off. Dr. Adams informed relatives in this city of his being detained. Later he was released and returned to Kalamazoo by the way of New York.
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Kazoo Physician Tastes Real War

Lieut. R.U. Adams Visits Front Line Trenches, Battlefield of Somme

Along with some very interesting surgical work in connection with his duties as a member of Base Hospital unit No. 36, Lieutenant R. U. Adams of this city has seen genuine warfare, including the front line trenches, raids, the British front, and the battle field of Somme.

He tells of all this in an interesting letter to Dr. Rush McNair. His letter follows:

"Just a line to you as promised for I assure you I have not forgotten my friends in Kalamazoo and I always considered you one of my most loyal friends, and thus this letter.

"We are well settled in our permanent home and are delighted with our station. Majors Shirley and Walker have just returned from a motor trip through France visiting the base hospitals, and they assure us that we have the very best of all the base hospital locations.
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Kazoo Physician at Vittle, France

Dr. R.U. Adams Doing Surgical Work at American Base Hospital

Dr. R.U. Adams, former coroner of Kalamazoo county, is now at Vittel, France, where he is doing surgical work in American base hospital No. 36. Dr. Adams is a first lieutenant in the medical division of the army.

A few of his experiences are told in a letter written to his friend, County Agent George Thayer. Strict censorship rulings prevented Lieutenant Adams from giving a detailed account of any of the happenings of which he has first hand knowledge. The letter in part, follows:

"Well, George, we are located at Vittel right up inthe front line zone as you can see by looking on the map. We are very busy operating all day long. Our hospital can care for 2,500 patients and believe me we are busy and then some.
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Sees Front Line Trenches

"I spent a week at the English front line and lived and ate in dugouts while the Hun shells played over nearly all the time. While there I walked through nearly three miles of front line trenches and saw the Boche line through a periscope. It kept me busy dodging bullets, shells and hand grenades. It is a fine life, George, if you don't weaken. I wanted to see the front line trenches but I have my 'satisfy.' One week suits me. I was glad to get back to safety.

"I have many interesting things to tell you and many things to show if I ever return."
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Dr. R.U. Adams is Made a Captain

Dr. R.U. Adams of this city, who a year ago went overseas as first lieutenant in the medical officers' reserve corps, and who was attached to the Detroit Hospital Ambulance unit, has received promotion to a captaincy. Letters received from him by friends in this city contain the information that he is well. The unit to which he is attached has been kept busy the entire time since it arrived in France.
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Hemorrhage Proves Fatal To Physician
Dr. R.U. Adams Stricken After Having Dinner With Friends
Dr. Ross Uriah Adams, 60, who has practiced medicine in Kalamazoo 36 years, died at his home, 1550 Academy street, early Thursday morning. Dr. Adams and Mrs. Adams had dinner at the home of friends last evening and he was apparently in the best of spirits and health. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage a few moments after he retired about 11 o'clock and death followed two hours later.

Dr. Adams came to Kalamazoo directly following his graduation fromt he Detroit College of Medicine in 1907. He first had offices with the late Dr. Frederick Shillito in South Burdick street and has always carried on his practice from that location.

Captain in World War I
He was born in Marcellus June 2, 1883, the son of Uriah and Jane Adams, was graduated from the Marcellus high school, the University of Michigan, and studied medicine at the Detroit College of Medicine. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Kalamazoo Academy of Medicine, the Masonic lodge and Mystic Shrine.

He served overseas in World War I as captain in the medical corps. He was assigned to a surgical team of Base hospital No. 36 for six weeks serving in St. Mihiel, Meuse and Argonne.

Services Saturday
Surviving are the widow, Grace Elizabeth Adams, whom he married in Covington, Ky., in 1919; two brothers and two sisters, Archie and Chester Adams of Marcellus, Mrs. Frank Adams of Detroit and Mrs. Claude Sykes of Benton Harbor; a nephew, Dr. Uriah Adams of Marcellus. An only child, John, died several years ago at the age of 11.

Private funeral services will be held at the home Saturday and burial will be in Marcellus cemetery.

Fatally Stricken -- Dr. R.U. Adams (photo from news article)

Military Rites For Ross Adams
Legion Services Held for World War Doctor
Kalamazoo American Legion Post 332 was in charge of military services for Dr. Ross U. Adams at the home, 1550 Academy street, Saturday afternoon, and at the Marcellus cemetery where burial took place. Dr. Adams died of cerebral hemorrhage at his home shortly after midnight Thursday.

The military ritual was in charge of Post Commander Samuel H. Myers and the chaplain, the Rt. Rev. John R. Hackett. Pallbearers, all members of that post, were Clement Eckrich, John T. Hickmott, Charles B. Knappen, Joseph E. Loughead, Harry C. Harvey, and John Scott.

The Kalamazoo Academy of Medicine of which Dr. Adams was a member, attended in a body.

Dr. Adams, son of the late Uriah and Jane Adams of Marcellus, came to Kalamazoo to take up the practice of medicine in 1907 following graduation from the Detroit College of Medicine. He has carried on his practice from his South Burdick street offices which he originally shared with the late Dr. Frederick Shillito.

He served overseas in World War I as a captain in the medical corps.

Surviving are the wife, two sisters and two brothers.

Dr. Ross Adams
KALAMAZOO, Sept. 30 -- (AP) -- Dr. Ross U. Adams, 60 years old, a physician here for 30 years, died Thursday following a stroke. He was a graduate of Marcellus High school, the University of Michigan and the Detroit College of Medicine, and served overseas in World War I, as a captain in the Medical Corps. Private services here Saturday will be followed with burial at Marcellus.

(Passed away September 29, 1943)