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Adams, B. J.
B. J. Adams, the assistant secretary of the Motor Wheel Corporation, taught school and received a thorough secretarial training. He did not follow the life work of his father. Mr. Adams was born in Michigan, in Williamston, September 21, 1882, attended the school at Winson. Michigan, and the high school. He pursued courses in various colleges and for six years taught school in Michigan and was identified, as teacher, with a commercial school in Cleveland. In 190o, Mr. Adams came to Lansing as bookkeeper for the Prudden Wheel company and was soon promoted to the office of cashier and later secretary. As such he served until the time of the merger with the Motor Wheel corporation. Since that time he has been assistant secretary of the larger organization. In September, 1912, Mr. Adams was united in marriage to Miss Phillipe Hazel Paine, of Lake Linden, Michigan. The couple have five children-Robert James, Frances Elizabeth, Marion Croft, Paul Delmer and Marjorie Jean. Mr. Adams is a member of the fraternity of Masonry and an Elk. He is a member of the Lions' club and has been president of that organization. His father, J. B. Adams, a native of Michigan, was a painting contractor. His mother before marriage was Winnie Riggs, the daughter of a preacher, a circuit rider. Close application to work added to his native ability has given Mr. Adams merited success in all his work. Bruce E. Anderson, assistant cashier of the Capital National Bank, is well known in banking circles of Lansing as one of the most able financiers in the city. He was born in Pueblo, Colorado, January 24, 1892, the son of William L. and Pearl D. (Dunn) Anderson the former was born in Pennsylvania, October Io, 1865, and the latter in Illinois, August 6, 1866, and both of them are still living. William L. Anderson went to Pueblo soon after the Indian massacre and engaged in the coal business in which he has since remained. He was a member of the commission which wrote the charter of Pueblo, and he is actively interested in church work and in Republican politics. There are three children: Bruce E., Frances, now Mrs. E. G. May, and George S., who is a graduate of Dartmouth college. Bruce E. Anderson received a graded and high school education, graduating from the latter institution in 1909, and then attended the University of Michigan, graduating from the chemical engineering course as a member of the class of 1913. During the year 1902, he was in Europe with the Flanders Motor company on an advertising and demonstrating campaign. After his graduation from the university, he worked through the Reo factory and was then placed in the sales department, after which he went to the Ideal Power Lawn Mower company as secretary and treasurer, a position which he retained until the outbreak of the war with Germany. In 1917, he offered his services to the government and was sent to the second officers' training camp at Fort Sheridan, where he was commissioned first lieutenant of infantry. He was then transferred to detached service as superintendent of the mechanical shops at Fort Sam Houston, and after a time, he was again transferred, this time to the machine gun section of the 313th cavalry. He was then assigned to the Sixty-ninth field artillery as captain of A battery. After graduating from the School of Fire at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was made instructor of equitation at the School of Fire for field artillery. He was honorably discharged from the army in 1918 and at once returned to Lansing, where he became manager of the Lansing Body company, a position which he filled until 1920. Thereafter until January 1, 1924, he was secretary of the First Bond and Mortgage company, a work in which he met with such signal success that he was sought as assistant cashier of the Capital National bank, a position which he still retains. During the time of his connection with the Capital National bank, Mr. Anderson has so handled the affairs of his department that he is already considered one of the able men in financial circles in Lansing. On October 17, 1914, he married Gladys Olds. the daughter of R. E. Olds, of Lansing, and to this union have been born two children, Olds and Marguerite Dunn. Mr. Anderson is vice-president of the R. E. Olds company, vice-president of the Y. M. C. A., treasurer of the Ingham County Tuberculosis society, and president of the Social Service Bureau, and he was chairman of the Community Welfare Campaign. He is a Mason and a Shriner and is a member of the Phi Delta Theta college fraternity, the Rotary club, Lansing Country club, University club of Grand Rapids, and the Zach Chandler club, of which he is treasurer.