Individual Record 235

Name}   Adams, Letha Evadna Family History} Hancock                
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Fam 28 Aug  1902 Place} Monticello, Napa, California
Marr.: Date} Exa  20 Jul    1920 Place} Napa, Napa, California     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  14 Mar 2003 Place} at home, Rutherford, Napa, California
Burial: Date} Exa  19 Mar 2003 Place} Monticello Cemetery, Spanish Flat, Napa, California
  Grave Marker} Yes (2 photos)
Source 1}   23 = 1910 USA cen
Source 2} 301 = 1920 USA cen
Source 3} 278 = Marriage rec
Source 4} 808 = 1930 USA cen
Source 5} 1312=Voter record
Source 6} 598 = Photographs
Source 7} 1187=Draft regist'n
Source 8} 138 = Letter
Source 9} 270 = Newspaper
Source 10}296 = Newspaper
Source 11}349 = Death record
Source 12}1309=Obituary
Source 13}585 = Interview
Source 14}773 = Obituary
Source 15}1310=Photographs
Source 16}  13 = Family history
Source 17}589 = Family history
Source 18}1320=Family history
Parents: } Wilson Hampton Adams & Mary Elizabeth (Minnie) McGinnis
   Relationship No.} 736
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Housewife
       Occupation 2}  
Spouses:    First} Samuels, Henry Edward
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Letha was born in 1902 in Monticello, California, and was raised there.  She married Henry in 1920 in Napa when she was age 18, and then resided with her husband on their ranch in Monticello.

In 1930 Letha was a registered Democrat.  The photo at the left below shows Letha (at the left) with her sister Edna circa 1932.

In 1942 their Monticello residence had no telephone.  The photo to the right below shows Letha at their ranch circa 1945.
Letha Evadna Adams
During the post-war years Letha's life was upset by the planning for and building of the Monticello dam.  She was shocked by the razing of Monticello's houses to make way for Lake Berryessa.  In 1955, after living on the ranch for 35 years, Henry and Letha left because of the raising waters of the Lake, moved to St. Helena, and retired.

In 1983 Letha became a widow when Henry passed on at their residence in St. Helena.  During her remaining years she lobbied against the neglect of the Monticello Cemetary.  She said It is sacred ground to us.  She became the de facto expert and historian on the northeastern Napa County, the Berryessa Valley, and Samuels Springs.  She contributed to the A Look Back articles in The Napa Valley Register by Bob McKenzie — and to Amy J. Boyer's text in the University of California Davis book on Lake Berryessa.

In 2003 she passed away at age 100 in Rutherford.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}   Letha Evadna Adams
Confirm. Date}   Photo} Letha circa 1945
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}              or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated} 26 Apr 2011
Date Created}  25 Jun 1994
Copyright © 2011 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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