Adams, John B.

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John B. Adams Soundex Code A352

John B. Adams Land Abstract System

In 1852, brothers Charles C. Chase, Horace Gair Chase, and Samuel Blanchard Chase (1823-1896), became employed by real estate dealer James H. Rees, who with Edward A. Rucker originated the land abstract system in Chicago. In 1855, Horace and Samuel Chase joined fortunes with James H. Rees to form Rees, Chase & Company. Eventually, Mr. Rees was bought out, and the firm became Chase Brothers & Company.

In 1870, brother Charles C. Chase joined Chase Brothers & Company; the fourth partner being George H. Bailey, and the office located at 48 LaSalle Street. After the Great Chicago Fire, in which the Cook County abstract records were destroyed, it was found that Chase Brothers & Company and two other abstract firms (Shortall & Hoard and Jones & Seller) had each lost part of their indices, but together had a complete set, with some duplicates. The three firms therefore merged, and still later consolidated with Chicago Title and Trust Company. Immediately after the fire, Chase Brothers & Company established its offices at 299 W. Washington Street. Horace maintained a separate loan business with John B. Adams as well.