biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ADAM VICTOR, a highly respected resident of Adams Township, was born in Summit County, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1828. He left the parental roof while yet a boy, and started out in the world to make a living for himself, doing his first work for his board and clothes. He went with an uncle to Whitley County,Ind., remaining with him three years, and left him at the end of that time, no better off financially than when he came. From his uncle's home he went to Lafayette, and engaged to work in a paper mill at $1 per day, continuing in that employment for four years. Following that he went to work on the Lafayette & Indianapolis Railroad as brakeman, and after a short time was promoted to conductor, in which capacity he served that company for six years, resigned his position in 1855, came to Iowa and purchased 160 acres of land in this county, which he farmed for one year, and then disposed of all but forty acres of it. Misfortune overtook him, and for two or three years followed him persistently. At last the tide changed in his favor, and he bought back the land he had previously sold, and has added to it since until he now owns 480 acres. Dec. 7, 1853, Mr. Victor married Miss Martha E. Williams, a native of Greene County, Ohio, born in 1835. They are the parents of two children, Fred and Charley. Mr. Victor is a member of the Democratic party and has held several township offices. His wife is a member of the Society of Friends. Mr. Victor's home farm is a body of very fine land, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation and the improvements of which are first class. Latterly he has succeeded admirably in his business, and may be properly classed among the well-to-do farmers of Mahaska County. He is an estimable citizen in all respects, and one enjoying the confidence and regard of an extended circle of acquaintances and friends.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy