The Democratic Union, a newspaper published since 1884 in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., recently featured Trenton resident Cyrus Adams for his standout performance in a 1946 Loretto Mustang High School vs. Lawrenceburg Wildcats football game, which ended in a 13-13 draw. He was asked to toss the coin at his rival Lawrenceburg’s homecoming game this fall. Besides football, Adams has many more fond memories to share.
KK: It was quite an honor to be asked back to your rival high school to toss the coin for the final game of the season. That must have been exciting for you to visit where you grew up.
Cyrus Adams: I enjoyed it but I think they were afraid I was going to keep the coin since I used to be on the other team! Also that was just one of the many places I attended school over the years. I actually was born in Alabama. I never really liked school, but when I got a job at a hardware store, I realized I liked the skilled trades and especially electrical work.
KK: I also understand you are an army veteran.
Adams: Yes, I served in World War II and in the Korean War I served as a Corporal. In the Korean War we built roads and lived inside of mountains, tents and sometimes outside. One time we found an abandoned place with a cotton gin, spinning wheel and a checkerboard. It was a beautiful country with beautiful women, despite the war.
KK: How did you end up in Trenton?
Adams: I moved in with my uncle to attend Wayne State and played football for a while and then I met my wife, Dorothy, after the Korean War. We had four wonderful daughters and moved from Melvindale when they got old enough to go to school since we heard how great the education was in Trenton. I also worked at Great Lakes Steel as an electrician for 45 years. Even though I have rheumatoid arthritis, I still remember climbing the roof of the Steel Company building on the coldest days of the year.
KK: What do you do for fun these days?
Adams: I like to organize a breakfast for the Great Lakes Steel retirees about every six weeks or so. We get anywhere from 50-120 people. I love to read and like anything to do with sports as well as a good joke.
KK: What is something your neighbors might not know about you?
Adams: When my girls were little we would train the squirrels in our yard; they came to us and played just like kittens.