Hiram A. McAdams

Jennie Robbins - Alice Rebecca Williamson

Your Ninetieth Birthday

This poem was written in 1935 as a tribute to Hiram A. McAdams on his ninetieth birthday by Judd Mortimer Lewis, Poet Laureate of Texas. The poem was requested by Jack Langley, then 11 years old, and Lewis was paid a fee of $25.00 for writing the offering.

Hiram McAdams and Jack LangleyDear Pop, if one small boy could frame
The love that mention of that name,
The love your kindness has made glow
In his boy-heart, then you would know
A part of all that you have meant
To him through all the years he has spent
Growing beside you, and you'd see
His dream of what he hopes to be.

You'd know with wisdom of your years,
Your ninety years, his hopes and fears;
His hope to be a man like you;
His hope to meet and come through
The trying years as bravely strong
As you've come through hard years and long;
To teach by precept, as you've taught,
With splendid deed and kind thought.

You'd know, too, something of the fear
Of the small boy who holds you dear;
The fear that he may not come through
The years as splendidly and true
As you have come; but you will know
That, because he has loved you so,
He will reach heights now far and dim
Because your love will be with him.

You'll know his wish, that you may be
Spared many happy years to see
Your dreams come true in that small boy;
Oh, many years; to know the joy
That your companionship has meant
Through the boyhood that he has spent
In step with you, to learn your ways
To guide him throughout all his days.

Hiram Wesley (Jack) Langley was the son of Era McAdams Langley and the grandson of Hiram Augustus McAdams. Jack was born on July 1, 1924, in Dallas and married Dorothy Nolen on January 1, 1945. He died on January 1, 1973, and is buried in Bedias. Jack and Dorothy had two sons: Hiram Wesley (Jack), Jr. was born on March 7, 1947, in Houston. Jeffrey Wilson (Jeff) was born on January 4 1956, in Houston.

Jack's mother (Hiram's daughter), Era, was born on July 20, 1896, in McAdams, Walker County, Texas at the "old place." She married Horace Wilson Langley on September 2, 1923 and died on April 19, 1952. She is buried in Bedias. Aunt Era, or "Mamma" as she was called by some, lived in Hiram's original Bedias house until she tore it down in 1950 and replaced it with a new smaller house. She taught school in Bedias until her death.

Lewis Poem