Him and his brother moved to Deadwood and started a grocery store. When it was destroyed by a fire, the brothers rebuilt it and became one of the largest wholesalers in the region. He was also elected mayor of Deadwood six times!
Some of the archives are available online, but you can contact city archivist Michael Runge with the email or phone number found on this website to request further information.
Michak, Jessica. "The Man behind the Museum: W.E. Adams." SDPB. http://www.sdpb.org/blogs/images-of-the-past/the-man-behind-the-museum-we-adams-v1-legacy/.