May 3, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)
A VETERAN FARMER.—Mr. John Adams of the good old county of Harnett, bears of the palm as the veteran farmer. He is 88 years old, and for 75 years has never failed to “officiate” at the plow handles each succeeding season. He is hale and hearty—a typical granger. He has never been sick, is always in a good humor, and his “crop” is invariably a good one. He has more children, grand-children and great grand-children than any man in his county. He has never lived more than a mile from the place where he was born, and his greatest experience as a traveler has been gathered in visits to Fayetteville and Raleigh. Could there be a finer picture of a happy, quiet country life than this?—News Observer.
We know Mr. Adams well, and he is truly a wonderful man. We have enjoyed the hospitalities of his bountiful home, and we know that if he hasn’t seen the world he has a realm of happiness all his own.