Centralia Resident Celebrates 106 Years

May 14, 2019

By Jason Sheffield-

On May 9 the Centralia Manor held a party and balloon release for Jim Adams who turned 106 years young.

Mr. Adams was well known throughout Centralia, being born and raised here. He graduated from Centralia High School and attended the University of Illinois. Mr. Adams also was known for working for the Central Railroad for 33 years, retiring as head of the drafting department.

He also operated Jim Adams Insurance Agency for many years in Centralia, and owned and operated the Little Toot Live Steam Railroad in Fairview Park.

Mr. Adams found the 2500 Illinois Central RR Steam Engine on the rip track in Centralia and organized the effort to save it, including the fund drive and negotiating with Wayne Johnson, President of the ICRR to receive the engine. He also oversaw the transport of the engine to its current location at the park.

In honor of Mr. Adams’ profound impact here in Centralia, May 10 will officially be called “Jim Adams Day” to celebrate him and all the lives he has touched throughout his life.