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Charles S. Ames
Born 19 October 1856
Charles S. Ames, the enterprising and progressive proprietor of a successful livery business in Wyoming, is one of Iowa's native sons, his birth occurring in Clay township, Jones county, on the 19th of October, 1856. The father, Joseph P. Ames, who claimed Vermont as the place of his nativity, went to Morgan county, Ohio, at an early date, and there engaged in the occupation of farming until 1853. In that year he came to Jones county, Iowa, locating in Clay township where he entered eighty acres of land on section 19. On that farm, to which he later added an additional tract of one hundred acres, he spent his remaining days, becoming a very successful farmer and business man. A republican in politics, he was called to fill various township offices. He passed away in 1887 at the age of seventy-three years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Lydia Ann Piper, was born in Licking county, Ohio, and in the faith of the Baptist church passed away in 1897 at the ripe old age of eighty years. In their family were seven children, as follows: Adeline, who passed away in infancy; Mary and Alva both deceased; Horace, residing in Wyoming; Aurilla, deceased wife of Joseph Orr; Charles S., of this review; and Lewis, also deceased.
Charles S. acquired his education in the district schools of Clay and Scotch Grove townships and when not engaged with his text books assisted in the work of his fathers farm. There amid the activities of rural life he learned lessons concerning the value of industry, integrity and perseverance, and soon became familiar with the best methods of plowing, planting and harvesting. The early years of his business career were devoted to agriculture. He assumed the management of the home farm, a half of which later came into his possession, so that now owns ninety acres, in Scotch Grove township. He continued to engage in general farming until 1904, which he retired from that line of activity and came to Wyoming, where he turned his attention to carpentering. He was thus connected until March 1909, when he purchased the livery stable of Edward Barber and has since concentrated his energies upon the conduct of a prosperous and constantly increasing trade. He owns some very fine horses and modern and up-to-date vehicles and the excellence of his equipment.....
In 1880 Mr. Ames was united in marriage to Miss. Mary E. Baldwin, who was born in New York in 1860, and unto this union have been born two children: Arthur L., born on the old homestead in 1880, who wedded Edith Howard by whom he has one child, Charles Howard Ames; Ada I., born in 1890, who graduated from the Wyoming high school in June 1909, and still resides under the parental roof. The parents are members of the Presbyterian church while fraternally Mr. Ames belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and also to the Mystic Workers. His political views are in accord with the principles of the republican party, and during his residence in Scotch Grove township he was called to fill various offices...

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 280.


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