Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

John Adamck/Adamek



John Adamek was born June 1851 in Bohemia. He arrived in the United States in 1872. John was married to Rosalia Meisner/Misener who was born December 1857 in Bohemia. She arrived in the United States in 1862. On the 1880 United States Census John and his family were living in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan; his occupation was Tailor. Between 1881 and 1888,  five of John and Rosa's children were born in East Saginaw, Michigan. The 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map shows that John owned 160 acres in Section 33 of Lakefield Township; his neighbors were Frederick  Honaman, Jacob Brown, and Charles Anschultz.



John and Rosa's children were:

  1. Mary Adamek was born 1876 in New York and married a Wilson. Mary Adamek Wilson died September 23, 1911 Alma, Michigan.

  2. Frederick Adamek was born July 1877 in New York and is living in North Star, Gratiot County, Michigan in 1910 with his wife, Augusta N. and daughter Rosalie Adamek.

  3. John Jr. Adamek was born March 17, 1879 in New York. John lived in Lakefield Township in 1910 with his wife, Lillie (Waldvogel) and two sons, Winfred and Harold Adamek. John and his family eventually moved to North Star, Gratiot County, Michigan. John died April 23, 1946 in Alma, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  4. Bozena (Theodora) Rosie Adamek was born January 18, 1881 in East Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan and married a Peet. Bozena Adamek Peet died February 12, 1936 in Hamilton, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  5. Libbie A. Adamek was born July 1882 in East Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan and married George Clark on September 29, 1906 in Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  6. Otto Carl Adamek was born January 24,1884 in East Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan and according to the History of North Star in Gratiot County, he was a blacksmith and wood-worker. By 1930 he is living in Pontiac, Michigan with his wife, Gertrude (Zoss) Adamek. Otto died June 13, 1950 in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan.

  7. Zaide (Sadie) Adamek was born December 16, 1885 in Saginaw, Michigan and married Floyd Whitman on November 8, 1904 in North Star, Gratiot County, Michigan. Sadie died July 3, 1936 in Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan

  8. Algie/Olgie G. Adamek was born May 23,1888 in East Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan and in 1910 is a Corporal and is living at Fort Sheridan Military Reservation in Deerfield Township, Lake County, Illinois.

  9. Dalibar Adamek (son) was born November 1890 in Michigan

  10. Amos Adamek was born December 29, 1893 in Saginaw County, Michigan. Amos graduated from Ithaca High School, Ithaca, Michigan in 1911 and was a barber and living in Green Bay Wisconsin in 1940. He died in Green Bay, Wisconsin on July 30, 1942.


In 1890, John supported a motion on the 7 April 1890 at a Lakefield Township board meeting to raise a special fund to build a bridge over the Bad River between Section 33 and Section 34 of Lakefield Township. 


According to the Book "Lest We Forget” written by Myron F. Gulick – book number two – published in 1984 page number 15: “On the Adamek farm, the Indians found the best hunting; most all wild game were to be found there. It was near the line between the Aldrich and the Adameck farms that the birds were found. The small sand hill was known for its turtles; here, they laid their eggs in the sand. Birds dusted themselves in the sand. The bear trail crossed over this sand hill. Arrowheads were made there. Pottery was made on both of these farms.

Near the mouth of a small stream where the four quarters of the section came together, a small hut stood, constructed of mud, logs and stones. I was very small but I also remember the stone mound where in all likelihood the Indians had a stone pot built to heat water and to heat the stones that were made into arrowheads. The site was also used to make the stone tools that the Indians used. Most of the stone had crumbled when I saw it.”


John Adamek passed away sometime before 1910 because Rosa, his wife, is living in North Star, Gratiot County, Michigan with their son Amos Adamek. John E. Adamek Jr. is living in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan with his wife and sons. 

SOURCES: 1880 and 1900 United States Census; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; The book “Lest We Forget” by Myron F. Gulick; Bozena, Sadie, Libbie, Otto and Algie Adamek's Michigan birth records; WWI draft registration of John E. Adamek; John E., Otto, Sadie and Libbie Adamek marriage record; John E. Adamek, Otto C. Adamek, Mary Adamek Wilson, Sadie Adamek Whitman and Bozena Adamek Peet Michigan death index; WWI and WWII draft registration of Amos Adamek, also his headstone application for the Military; Lakefield Township Records.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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