An amateur actor, mailman, sandwich maker in a bar run by his father and a general store owner, my great-grandfather, Robert Erle Adams was a force of nature. His father owned a pool hall that served sandwiches that were eventually made by the young Robert Erle. In the twenties, Robert Erle’s pool hall did or did not serve alcohol, as it was the prohibition.
While in the pool hall, whenever Robert was asked to make a sandwich he would cross the street to the grocery store to get the ingredients and in time he developed an idea of going into the grocery store business store himself. When my grand father Erle Wilbert Adams was two, his father Robert opened the Adams store in Nash County Lemont Oklahoma and thus continued on as a pillar of the community. Robert
Erle delivered mail in a model T Ford in the rural area of Lemont. His two aunts and an uncle lived on a farm in which Robert Erle delivered to. In his youth, Robert Erle would work on his relative’s farms and whenever it rained in the area his aunt would say, “Well it is good for the wheat.” However a cabin fevered Robert Erle would say to his aunt that it might be good for the wheat but is not good for him.
While working behind the counter of the Adams
store, Robert Erle would sell candy, bread, pop and do all that is expected of a general store including carve meat in the back room. Gypsies would travel through the town and would have a tendency to take items without paying. Wearing aprons these gypsies would simply walk into the Adams store and put items in their aprons as they browsed then buy something small and inexpensive. Wearing a butcher’s apron, Robert Erle watched these strangers from the back of the store as he chopped meat. Not wanting to get his long black hair in the way he would tie it back and resemble his Cherokee background. His apron would be covered in a bit of blood from the meat Robert was cutting and would walk out looking like a head hunting Cherokee worrier and coolly said to the gypsies, “You can either pay for what is in your aprons or leave now.” They left in a hurry.
In the Adams store there was a couple rows of theatre seats at one side. This was an aspect of Robert Erle showing itself that later came out as he wanting to be an actor. The town had a few amateur plays in the theatres and wanted actors and Robert Erle was all too willing to addition. Getting the parts in various plays and in much subject matter, Robert was actually considered quite good at what he did. The only evendence of him being a descent actor was that he kept being called back. Acting aside, Robert had a tendenciy to only dress in shaggy pants, shirt and hold a cane. No matter what the play was about, Robert would stagger out on stage and act as an old man.
In the end, Robert Erle was a man greater then any words could describe.