After his parents, Henry and Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt, died in1899, Adam Wesley Hewitt settled in the northern portion of their Donation Land Claim.  His home was set in a grove of oak trees, which came to be called Adam’s Grove. His brother  James Andrew Hewitt, farmed the southern portion. Adam married Cynthia Jane Pittman (1855-1932), one of the nine Pittman girls who attended the Hewitt School on his parents’ donation land claim with the nine Hewitt boys, on July 21, 1872. He bought out James Andrew’s portion of the Hewitt Donation Land Claim.

“Adam built two different houses on his share of the old family Donation Land Claim.  The “old house” was still there as late as 1914. Marie Solberg thinks Adam built the new house about 1918;”  “For a couple of years Adam lived in Portland, where he worked for the Albina Fuel Company, probably hauling fuel,– information from, Family Records – Hewitt Family submitted by Don Rivara.

“Adam raised dairy cows and skunks. He sold the skunks hides and knew how to neutralize their odor.”
Uncle Adam- saw him a few times. Small man, good-natured, hardworking. His son Otis made a living training and racing racehorses. Uncle Adam learned how to deodorize skunks, raise them to market size and skin them and sell the hides. Raised a few cows, selling some cream.
Saw him just once, only a few minutes, probably when I was five years old. –Jean Kerr [Henry and Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt>James Andrew Hewitt>Sylva Hewitt Kerr> Jean Kerr]

Excerpt from “The Reunion” by Elma Hewitt, President Emeritus

“The Children of Henry Hewitt and Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt decided twenty years after the deaths of their parents in 1899 they should keep in touch.  They decided to meet each year. ”

Reunion in the Oak Grove at Adam Hewitt’s home on the Henry and Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt DLC.

“When the reunion started, it was held at the old family home of Henry and Elizabeth, and then at Adam Hewitt’s home which was part of the Henry Hewitt donation land claim and a little north of Henry and Elizabeth’s home.  (There is a monument on Wallace Road where the house was located.)  Now there are a few oak trees left around Adam’s house and a couple of other houses have been built in the area.”

Past Reunion minutes show the Reunion was held in the oak grove at Adam Hewitt’s home in 1925, 1926, 1927, and 1930.

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One Response to “FAMILY HISTORIC SITES: Adam’s Grove”

  1. Barbara says:

    If you have more information, references to, or photographs of Adam’s Grove, Adam Hewitt’s home, or other family history, please share them by sending them to or on our Facebook group, HMC Family.

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