Once upon a time, before Pine Valley ever heard of David Hayward, there was a man (and still is a man) named Adam Chandler. Adam Chandler had an obsession with siring a son, an heir to the Chandler dynasty. At the time he was married Brooke English and it was discovered during their marriage that Brooke was unable to conceive. Not one to sit back on infertility or for that matter, go the usual routes to conception, Adam instead seduced and bedded his young maid, Dixie Cooney! With Dixie, only 18 years old at the time, the handsome and rich Adam was no match for the down home country girl.
When Dixie became pregnant, Adam plotted to adopt her baby with Brooke. But Brooke figured out his dastardly plot and divorced him. But this wouldn't foil Adam's plan to have an heir. Adam quickly changed his plan and convinced the young Dixie to marry him, thus legitimizes their child. But keeping Dixie around wasn't part of the plan. Adam soon began to make her think she was going crazy and eventually had her committed, taking custody of their son, Adam Jr. (now known as JR) for himself. Tad, who had fallen for Dixie himself, eventually saved her from the mental hospital and from Adam.