Vivian Irma (Martin) (Adamson) Porteous gravestone
Name engraved on base of Huson marker, top right-hand side
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. August 31, 1909 in Lake County, IL
D. August 21, 1993 in Sanford, Seminole County, FL
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  • Father: Benjamin Johnson Martin born January 5, 1883 in Wauconda Township, Lake County, IL, son of Bernard Francis “Barney” Martin (1847-1906) and Mary Elizabeth “Libbie” (Barker) Martin; Benjamin died April 28, 1930 in Avon, Lake County, IL; buried in Transfiguration Catholic Cemetery, Wauconda, Lake County, IL

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, May 1, 1930, page 8:


   Ben Martin, about 47 years old, died suddenly at his home near Round Lake Monday night.  He is survived by his wife and five children.  Clarence Martin of this city is a brother.
   Funeral services were held at Round Lake at 10 o’clock this Thursday morning with burial at Wauconda.”

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: George Dean Porteous; Address: Grayslake, Ill; Telephone: (blank); Age in Years: 32; Date of Birth: 7 2 08; Place of Birth: Libertyville, Ill., U.S.A.; Name of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mrs. Josephine Porteus; Relationship of that Person: Wife; Address of That Person: Grayslake, Ill; Employer’s Name: Henry Boysen, Jr.; Place of Employment: Libertyville, Ill; Race: White; Height: 5-9; Weight: 160; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Brown; Complexion: Dark; Signed: Oct. 16 – 40”

  • Children:

1. Irma Jean (Adamson) Siedschlag born about 1929 in Illinois; married Murrice Vance Siedschlag (1927-1960) on September 11, 1944 in Dubuque County, IA, son of Herman Siedschlag (1885-1954) and Agnes (Christensen) (Haldeman) Siedschlag (1891-1977)
2. Ruth Leona (Adamson) Haas born November 22, 1931 in Illinois; married Alfred Karl Haas (1928-1998); Ruth died January 11, 2012; Ruth and Alfred are buried in Maryhill Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Niles, Cook County, IL
3. Philip Etsol Adamson, born August 17, 1937 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Philip died October 31, 1984; buried in Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Pierce County, WA
4. William E. “Duke” Adamson born 1942 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; married Donna Marie (unknown last name) on June 17, 1960 in Lake Villa, Lake County, IL ; William died October 20, 2011 in Springdale, Benton County, AR

According to the Orlando Sentinel (Orlando FL) Sunday, October 30, 2011, page B7:

“ADAMSON JR., WILLIAM E. “DUKE”, passed away at Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, AR on Oct. 20, 2011 surrounded and embraced by his family, after courageously battling complications from congestive heart failure.  Formerly a Lake Mary and Sanford resident, Duke was a dynamic, business and civic leader who will be remembered for his gregarious and outgoing personality and savvy business leadership.  He will be deeply missed by his adoring wife of 51 years, Donna, of Bella Vista, AR, his three sons, Brent R. Adamson, Lake Mary, Brian L. Adamson, Casselberry, FL and Aaron D. Adamson, Memphis, TN.  A modern-day poet, author and private pilot, Duke leaves behind a legacy of successful business ownership where he owned and operated the Rich Plan Food company of Sanford, FL during the 1970’s and 80’s.  He is preceded in death by his father, William E. Sr. and mother, Vivian, brother, Phillip, sister, Irma Jean, brother Joseph and grandson, Blake.  He is survived by his sister Ruth, Chicago, IL, brother Stanley, Houston, TX.  A celebration of his life will take place in Lake Mary on Jan. 21st, 2012.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, AR.”

5. Joseph Vincent Adamson born February 27, 1945; Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Air Force, Sergeant; Joseph died September 17, 2000 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL; buried in Highland Memorial Park, Libertyville, Lake County, IL

According to the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights IL), September 21, 2000, page 10:

   “Joseph V. Adamson of Round Lake Beach
   A Mass of the Ressurection for Joseph V. Adamson, 55, will be held at 10 a.m. today, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Round Lake.
   Mr. Adamson passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000 at home.  Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Libertyville.
   Joseph  was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for approximately 15 years.  He proudly served his country from 1964 to 1968 in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, receiving the Accommodation Medal.  He worked for International Harvester in Libertyville for 20 years and then for Medline Industries in Mundelein for seven years.  Joseph was a devoted father and grandfather.
   He leaves his wife, Nancy (nee Hall) of Round Lake Beach; daughter, Susan Adamson of Round Lake Beach; son, Paul (Corinne) Adamson of Round Lake; grandchildren, Andrew, Emilee and Chelsea, brothers, Duke (Donna) Adamson of Orlando, Fla. and Stanley (Marge) Adamson of Houston, Texas; sister, Ruthie Haas of Orlando; and many nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vivian Adamson; and daughter, Catherine Adamson, in 1984.
   Arrangements were made by Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Ltd., Grayslake.
   For information, (847) 223-8122.”

6. Stanley Richard Adamson born about 1947 in Illinois (resided in Houston TX); married Marjorie Loucile Stewart on February 8, 1969, daughter of H. L. Stewart

According to the Odessa American (Odessa TX) Sunday, February 16, 1969, page 25:

Marjorie Loucile Stewart
Sgt. Adamson Say Vows

   Candeltrees graced the front of the altar, decorated with gladioll and carnations for the formal marriage of Miss Marjorie Loucile Stewart and Sgt. Stanley Richard Adamson at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in Westminster Presbyterian Church.  The choir loft was garlanded with greenery surrounding tapers.
   Mrs. Charles Harrison at the organ accompanied Bill Keltner in selections of “Because” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”
   Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Stewart, 314 Conet Drive, and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Porteous, Round Lake, Ill.
   Formally gowned in pure silk faille and peau do ange lace, the bride was lovely when escorted and presented in marriage by her father.  The molded empire bodice was designed with bateau neckline and slender tapered bracelet length sleeves.  Appliques of peau de ange lace, accented with bridal pearls, encircled the neckline, extending over the shoulder line and touched the sleeves at wrist line.  A delicate faille band encircled the empire waistline above the A-line skirt which flowed the gentle fullness into a sweep train.  A train length mantilla of English net with an elaborate border of re-embroidered peaude ange lace framed her face and flowed softly into a chapel train.  She carried a crescent bouquet of gardenias.
   Mrs. Harold Stewart, sister-in-law of the bride, was matron of honor.  Mrs. Mike Stewart, also sister-in-law of the bride, and Mrs. Robert Walters were bridesmatrons.  The attendant wore cranberry velvet glove-length dresses with empire bodices, bateau necklines and tapered bracelet length sleeves.  Their headpieces were cranberry colored circlets of moline held by velvet bows.  They carried bouquets of pink carnations, each centered with a deep red forever yours rose.
   Clifford Avens of Oklahoma was the best man.  John Lieman of New Orleans and Charles Frentzel of Missouri were groomsmen and Harold Stewart and Mike Stewart, brothers of the bride, were ushers.  Kenneth and Kelly Stewart, nephews of the bride, were candelighters.
   The bride’s mother wore a light pink silk A-line dress with a pink lace coat and matching accessories.  The bridegroom’s mother wore a green three-piece knit suit with matching accessories; both wore pink sweetheart rose corsages.
   The reception was held in the church fellowship hall following the ceremony.  Mrs. Bill Weathford registered guests.  Miss Susan Bukala of Waco and Miss Sandra Robbins of San Antonio served.  The wedding confection was all white, separated between tiers with columns, and decorated with sugar bells.  Punch, nuts and mints were also served.  The table was set with crystal and silver appointments and centered with pink gladioli and white lace over cranberry.
   For a wedding trip to Ruidoso, N.M., the bride wore a white wool knit ensemble, matching accessories and a cymbidium orchid corsage.
   A graduate of Odessa High School, the bride attended Odessa College and graduated from Texas Tech, Lubbock.  She will be employed by the Big Spring Independent School District.  The bridegroom graduated from Round Lake, Ill. High School and attended Howard County Junior College, Big Spring.  he is stationed with the Air Force at Webb AFB in Big Spring where the couple will reside at 3503 Airport St.
   Out-of-town guests included Mr. and Mrs. Dean Porteous, Round Lake, Ill.; Duke Adamson, Rockford, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph  Adamson, Round Lake, Ill.; Mrs. Aldo Amistani, Gene Amistani, Mrs. Diane Hironimus, all of Lake Villa, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Al Haas, Chicago, Ill.’ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walters, Alpine; Miss Linda Roach, Amarillo; Miss Susan Bukala, Waco; Miss Sandra Robbins and Miss Judy Granberry, San Antonio; Miss Marilyn Nash, Spearman; Mrs. Larry Kreuger, Lubbock; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Buckbee Sr., Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Buckbee Jr., Austin; Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Vinghaus, Big Spring; Mr. and Mrs. George Mazur, Big Spring.”

  • Siblings:
    • Cecelia (Martin) (Myer) Drake born April 16, 1914 in Lake County, IL; married (1) John Curtis Myer (1911-1948), son of John Joseph Myer (1868-1957) and Elexia Agnes (Hurst) Myer (1878-1926); married (2) Ray Carlton Drake (1895-1979), son of Charles Richmond Drake (1868-1943) and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Drake (1875-1959) (See section pertaining to Ray Carlton Drake buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); Cecelia died March 29, 1986 in Las Vegas, Clark County, NV (See section pertaining to Cecelia (Martin) (Myer) Drake buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    • Maurice Benjamin Martin born December 1918 in Illinois; married Geraldine Ann Rush (1915-1945), daughter of Frank Rush (1883-1967) and Anna E. (Ready) Rush (1885-1981); Maurice died February 20, 1975 in Cook County, IL (See section pertaining to Maurice Benjamin Martin buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    • Catherine Elizabeth (Martin) Granberg born September 17, 1919 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; married Charles Francis Granberg (1917-2000), son of Franz Oskar “Frank” Granberg (1892-1978) and Katherine (McTague) Granberg (1898-1985), general manager of the Chevy Chase Country Club and worked at the Belmont Hotel; Catherine died February 14, 2000; Catherine and Charles are buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, Cook County, IL

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Wednesday, February 16, 2000, page 144:

Catherine Elizabeth Granberg, age 80, beloved wife for 62 years of Charles F. Granberg; loving mother of Coralyn (Ronald) Peters, Charles J. (Joanne), Ben (Kathleen), Cathy (Kurt, C.F.D.) Janus, Michael Granberg, C.P.D., Mary (Mike, ret. C.P.D.) Roach, also the late Frank Granberg; cherished grandmother of 16; and great-grandmother and caring friend to many.  She retired from the State of Illinois Attorney General’s Office.  She had also worked at the Uptown Chicago Commission and the Edgewater Beach Hotel.  Member of the Sauganash Womens Club and Queen of All Saints over 50’s Club.  Mrs. Granberg was an avid reader, gardner and crossword aficionada.  Born in what is now known as Round Lake, IL on Sept. 17, 1919.  Graduate of Grant Comm. H.S., Ingleside, IL, also attended Truman Jr. College.  Funeral Thursday, 9:30 a.m. from Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero  Ave., to Queen of All Saints Basilisa for Mass at 10 a.m.  Interment St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation Wednesday, 3 to 9 p.m.  Kindly omit flowers, donations to American Cancer Society appreciated.  773-736-3833″

Additional Information:

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Cuba Township, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“Benjamin J. Martin, head, age 27, married once for 1 year, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois, occupation: farmer – general farm; Cora A. Martin, wife, age 26, married once for 1 year, 1 child born, 1 child living, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Vivian E. Martin, daughter, age 9/12 single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Avon Township, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“Ben Martin, head, age 37, married, born in Illinois, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada, occupation: farmer – dairy farm; Cora Martin, wife, age 36, married, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Vivian Martin, daughter, age 10, single, born in Illinois, Cecile Martin, daughter, age 6, single, born in Illinois, Benjamin Martin, son, age 1 11/12, single, born in Illinois; Catherine Martin, daughter, age 4/12, single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Libertyville Village, Libertyville Township, Lake County, IL living on Stewart Ave., the household members were:

“William E. Adamson, head, age 30, married at age 26, born in Iowa, father born in Indiana, mother born in Illinois, occupation: plasterer – building; Vivian I. Adamson, wife, age 20, married at age 16, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Anderson Gillis, roomer, age 24, single, born in Sweden, parents born in Sweden, immigrated in 1927, occupation: laborer – nursery”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Round Lake Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Lincoln Avenue, the household members were:

“William Adamson, head, age 40, highest grade completed: 8, born in Iowa, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: plasterer – building construction; Vivian Adamson, wife, age 30, highest grade completed: H-2, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Irma Adamson, daughter, age 11, single, highest grade completed: 5, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Ruth Adamson, daughter, age 8, single, highest grade completed, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Philip Adamson, son, age 2, single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Round Lake Beach Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL, the household members were:

“William E Adamson, head, age 50, married, born in Iowa, Occupation: Plaster contractor; Vivian I Adamson, wife, age 40, married, born in Illinois; Philip E Adamson, son, age 12, never married, born in Illinois; William E Adamson, son, age 8, never married, born in Illinois, Was he living in this same house a year ago?: No, Was he living on a farm a year ago?: No, Was he living in this same county a year ago?: No, What county and State was he living in a year ago?: Cook, Illinois, What country were his father and mother born in?: U.S.; Joseph V Adamson, son, age 5, never married, born in Illinois; Stanley, R Adamson, son, age 3, never married, born in Illinois; June Y Myers, niece, age 14, never married, born in Illinois”

According to the Orlando Sentinel (Orlando FL), Tuesday, August 24, 1993, page 14:

VIVIAN I. ADAMSON PORTEOUS, 84, 900 Silver Lake Drive, Sanford, died Saturday, Aug. 21.  Mrs. Porteous was a homemaker.  Born in Lake County, Ill., she moved to Central Florida in 1982.  Survivors: sons, William E. Duke Adamson, Sanford, Joseph V. Adamson, Round Lake, Ill., Stanley R. Adamson, Houston; daughter, Ruth Leona Haas, Deltona; sister, Catherine Granberg, Chicago; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren.  Gramkow Funeral Home, Sanford.”