Wilfred E. Adams
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1973-1974
Wilfred E. Adams was born in Midland County, on June 6, 1912. At an early age his family moved to Saginaw and he attended local schools. He graduated from Saginaw High School in June 1930. During his high school days, he began to show great potential in sales and merchandising. First he obtained a part time shoe sales job with the G.R. Kinney Company and upon graduation continued on a full-time basis and in 1931 became an Assistant Manager of the Saginaw store.
On June 11, 1933 he married Florence J. Rotter. They were blessed with two daughters and a son. In 1934 he moved to Midland and engaged in the poultry business for the next seven years. In 1939 he joined his father in the manufacture of soft drinks with Chapman’s Beverages. On the death of his father in 1960 he purchased his father’s interest and became the sole owner of a rapidly expanding manufacturing and distributing soft drink concern, well known in the thumb district and in south central Michigan. He retired after some thirty years in the soft drink business on June 1, 1971.
While living in Midland County he served two terms as Moderator of the local School Board, and between the years 1958 and 1968 he served as a Director of the Michigan Soft Drink Association.
He was raised as a Master Mason in Saginaw Lodge No. 77 on April 24, 1945. He immediately became active in the work of the lodge and was Worshipful Master nine years later in 1954. In the York Rite, he was a member of Saginaw Valley Chapter No. 31, R.A.M.; St. Bernard Commandery No. 16, K.T.; and St. Martin Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, at Bay City. He served as Most Wise Master of Rose Croix in 1967-68 for the Scottish Rite and was a member of Board of Trustees of the Bay City Consistory. For services rendered, the Supreme Council Coroneted him a 33° Mason in September 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts.
In May of 1968 he was elected Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge, F. & A.M. of Michigan, and filled each succeeding station diligently and with honor. He was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan on May 23, 1973.
He died on November 28, 1980.