Category Archives: adoption

Fighter of Pancho Villa, bank president, rib maker, man of mystery.

My grandfather, William McAdams…

…ran away from home at fifteen, lied about his age to join the army and fight Pancho Villa, started a bank and later, adopted my mother.  Here he is the way I remember him, on his patio in Kansas City cooking his famous ribs.  Served with hush puppies (one of the most incredible things my sister Robbie and I ever gobbled down).  He’d spend all day back by the bbq slow-cooking them with a bottle of bourbon at hand.  The ribs had a secret ingredient.  Sadly, he took the secret to his grave along with many other mysteries we’ll never know the answers to. 


Georgann Rea nee McAdams aka Loretta May Gronau

Our mother, born Loretta May Gronau in Polk County, Iowa…

…renamed Georgann McAdams after her adoption by a wealthy banker and his wife in order to “save their unhappy marriage”.  Georgann, Loretta, Gronau, McAdams, Lawless, Rea, it’s no wonder she never knew who she was.  Loretta May Gronau does make me think of Lula May Barnes aka Holly Golightly.