Biography of James M. Amos
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JAMES M. AMOS.
For the past twenty years James M. Amos has been identified with the business life of Knoxville and is now the proprietor of a large livery and sales stable, having upon an average forty five horses of his own in the stable. Altogether he owns seventy five horses. He has an ambulance, runs a bus and transfer line and is prepared for furnishing cabs for funerals. Mr. Amos was born in Union township on the 30th of September, 1852, a son of Pleasant and Celia A. (Ballard) Amos, the former of whom was born in Ohio and the latter in Indiana. The father came with his parents to Marion county in the late '40s and his father, who passed away in this county, was among the first settlers to secure land. Pleasant Amos, who was a farmer of Union township, died in 1854 when only twenty eight years of age. His widow, who was born in Indiana, married the second time, becoming the wife of John Butcher, by whom she had eight children, six sons and two daughters, but only two sons survive, namely: Richard, living near Indianola, Iowa; and Osa, of Swan township, this county, residing upon the old home place. The mother is still living in Knoxville and is in good health, although about eighty years of age.

James M. Amos was the only child born to his parents and was reared in Union township. As the schools in pioneer days only lasted a few months in the winter and as he was compelled to spend most of his time in assisting with the work at home, his education was somewhat limited. After his marriage he farmed in Union township for a number of years, but for the past twenty years he has lived in Knoxville. For two years he was deputy sheriff and subsequently was elected sheriff of the county, receiving all but three votes in his township irrespective of party. The nomination came to him unsolicited and was a tribute to his fitness for the office. His service was so acceptable that he was reelected, serving in all four years as sheriff. For nine years he dealt in stock, buying and shipping a large number of animals annually. He buys horses and has sold many fine animals at public sale. In addition to the buying and selling of horses and the renting of horses and vehicles by the hour or day, he runs a bus and transfer line, a dray line, and also does hospital work. He gives especial attention to furnishing horses and the necessary vehicles for funerals and his service is always satisfactory. All of these various phases of his business are well managed and yield him a profit annually.

In 1871 Mr. Amos was married to Miss Mary A. Davis, who was born and reared in Union township. Her parents were Phillip and Esther Davis, early settlers of that township, both of whom are deceased. Two sisters of Mrs. Amos reside in this county, Mrs. S. O. Harmon and Mrs. Harry Cooper. To Mr. and Mrs. Amos have been born three children: Mellcena, who married Charles Bridges and died September 22, two; Mrs. James Cunningham, residing at Knoxville, where Mr. Cunningham owns a billiard and poolroom; and Connard D., living in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he is in the wholesale fruit business. The last named married Miss Sophronia Bitzel, a native of Marion county, and they have become parents of three children, the oldest of whom died in infancy. Those living are Mary Adla and Elizabeth Josephine.

Mrs. Amos is a Methodist and takes great interest in the work of the church. Mr. Amos has supported the measures and candidates of the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and has for many years taken an active part in politics. For twelve years he was justice of the peace in Union township and for nine years served as trustee of that township. As previously stated, he was for two years deputy sheriff of the county and for two terms sheriff. In all of his official connections he has proved as faithful to trust and as upright as in his private life. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. His business integrity is above question and his personal honor is unimpeachable, and the respect in which he is held by his fellowmen is fully merited.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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