George H. Amos, who was a member of the firm of Amos & Davis, proprietors of a well known hardware store
in Knoxville, is one of the youngest business men in the city, as he was born in 1893. His birth occurred in Boston,
Massachusetts, and he is a son of George L. and Ida (Harris) Amos. His father was born in Monroe, Iowa, and was
a son of E. H. Amos, a. native of Ohio. The latter was one of the first settlers of this state and entered government
land in Marion county. He became very prominent here and was president of the Knoxville National Bank, of which
he was one of the organizers. George L. Amos was by occupation a stock buyer and shipper and was known in that
connection throughout the United States. He bought horses all over the western part of the country, purchasing
them by the train load and selling them throughout the east. He was known in Chicago as one of the biggest shippers
of horses operating through that city. Many of the horses which he bought were finally exported, as his father
in law was engaged in that business and bought many horses from him. His wife, who was in her maidenhood Miss Ida
Harris, was a daughter of Henry S. and Matilda Harris, residents of Boston. The father and paternal grandfather
of our subject both died in 1901, but his mother survives and lives in Boston. His paternal grandmother is also
living and makes her home in Knoxville.
George H. Amos was the only child born to his parents and was given an excellent education. After completing the
course offered by the public schools he entered the Rindge Technical College, from which he was graduated in 1912.
He was employed by the Cambridge Trust Company for six months and then was connected with Stone & Webster for
a year. At the end of that time he came to Knoxville and purchased an interest in the hardware business known as
Amos & Davis, of which he later became sole owner. The store is one of the longest established ones in the
city, having been founded in 1865, and he received lucrative patronage, but on the 1st of November, 1914, he sold
Mr. Amos is liberal in his religious views and in politics casts an independent ballot, preferring to support the
candidate Thom he deems best fitted for the office in question without regard to party affiliation. Although he
has been a resident of Knoxville but a short time, he has already gained the confidence and respect of the community
and has also made many warm friends among his fellow townsmen.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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