From History of Huntington County, Indiana, 1887
Adam L. Beck, contractor, was born in Huntington, May 9, 1862. He was the youngest of six children born to Adam and Magdalena (Stetzel) Beck, a sketch of whom appears above. His boyhood and youth were spent in this city. He attended the public school in winter, receiving a good common school education. As soon as he became old enough, he was employed during the summer time in his father's stone quarries and at the age of eighteen he was entrusted with the position of foreman, acquitting himself in a very creditable manner. At nineteen, or in August 1881, he entered the North Western College at Naperville, Ill., where he finished a course in bookkeeping. He then returned to Huntington and resumed the duties of foreman in the quarries. This position he soon relinquished, however, and since his vocation has been that of a contractor. His occupation as such, dates from his twentieth year. Though quite youthful to assume the responsibilites incident to this calling, he has proven himself equal to every emergency and has earned for himself a very creditable rank among his senior competitors. He possesses energy, integrity and good judgment and deservedly enjoys the full confidence of the public. He is a member of the K. of P. Lodge, and a Republican in politics.