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* Adams Family News*

Est. 1856

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 December 20, 2001

From Scotland to Buffalo, 100-year old Janie Adams has Savored Life
 By Ana Koch
Bulletin staff writer

Janie Adams recently celebrated her 100th birthday, but the sparkle in her eyes and a still-youthful enthusiasm belie the calendar years.
  There is little of the Scottish brogue left in the speech of the lass who came to America from the land of the heather when she was 11-year-old Janie Flint. What has remained is an incredible memory of a century of life, which started in Scotland and continued in Johnson County.
  Among Janie's memories are those of a highly-talented father who loved theater and drama, and a husband who loved to sing, dance and have a good time.
anie's family story begins in Glasgow, Scotland in 1868 when Janie's father, John C. Flint, was born.

  Then grew to manhood in Stewarton, Ayrshire, where, at the age of 18, he was bound out to a master carpenter.
  As young Flint learned carpentry skills, be also developed his acting skills. He soon became well known in his neighborhood as an actor and singer.
  It was during those years that he met Robina Sim, who he married in February of 1892. Soon three little Flint girls graced the family home.
  Janie says she and her family "had a good life in Scotland."
  My grandfather raised Clydesdales and race horses," she said. "We girls would go over there to watch him feed horses right there in our small town."
  A lot of the Flint family's relatives lived in Glasgow

John C.Flint

 and Edinburgh. Janie said in the summer, "everyone who was anyone" rented a cabin at the seashore.
  ”We would get on a ship at Glasgow, cross the Thames and go to Ireland," she said. "We always had a lot of fun. Dad would go with us, then return home to work and come back and pick us up.
  "When Janie was 10, her aunt, who was a
professional singer,

 persuaded Mr. and Mrs. Flint to let their middle daughter spend a year with her in the town of Limovadie, Ireland.
  As John carried on his duties in Stewarton, one problem he and his daughters dealt with was the poor health of Robina, who suffered from bronchitis and asthma in Scotland's cold, damp climate.

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