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Adams County, Indiana

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  • Vernon M. Brodbeck (1896 - 1967)
  • John "Chalmer" Brodbeck (1898 - 1982)
  • Anna Edna Brodbeck (1870 - 1958)
  • Augustus A. Brodbeck (1859 - 1916)
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Allen County, Indiana July 6, 1916 AUGUSTUS A. BRODBECK SUCCUMBS TO CANCER DECATUR, Ind. July 5 (or 60) - Augustus A. Brodbeck, born November 25, 1859, a prominent farmer o...
  • William Henry Brodbeck (1852 - 1924)
    Farmer Dies of Crash Injuries William H. Broadbeck, of Adams County, Struck by Chicago and Erie Express Tender Picks up Wagon Decatur, Ind., April 7 – William Henry Broadbeck, aged 72, farmer residin...

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The statute that mandated creation of this county was passed on February 7, 1835, and the organization itself was authorized on March 1, 1836. Its name honors the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. Selection of the county seat was finalized on 18 May of that year.

The first Amish settlers arrived in 1840; most came directly from Switzerland, preserving their Bernese German dialect, not adopting the Pennsylvania German dialect of the majority of the Amish.

The first courthouse was built in 1839, a two-story frame building. The log-building jail was completed in 1837. The present Adams County courthouse was built in Decatur in 1872–1873 at a cost of $78,979. The designer was J. C. Johnson, who had been trained as a carpenter and joiner and became a self-taught architect; he won second place in the Indiana State Capitol design competition. The construction was done by Christian Boseker of Fort Wayne. It is built of red brick with stone ornamentation.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns and Communities

  • Berne
  • Blue Creek
  • Ceylon
  • Coppess Corner
  • Curryville
  • Decatur (County Seat)
  • Elm Tree Crossroads
  • French
  • Geneva
  • Hartford
  • Honduras
  • Jefferson
  • Kirkland
  • Linn Grove
  • Magley
  • Monmouth
  • Monroe
  • Perryville
  • Peterson
  • Pleasant Mills
  • Preble
  • Rivare
  • Root
  • St. Mary's
  • Salem
  • Union
  • Wabash
  • Washington
  • Williams



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