Biography of William S. Amos
Franklin County, NY Biographies





William Sands Ames, whose name is well and favorably known in business and civic circles at Saranac Lake, is a native of New York. He was born at North Elba, Essex County, July 5, 1872, the son of Edward N. and Mary (Cameron) Ames.

Edward N. Ames, who died in 1906, was interested in the lumber business for a number of years at Raybrook, N. Y. He was born at Wilmington, N. Y., June 14, 1840. He also spent some of his early life as a guide in the Adirondack mountains. He was married in about 1865 to Miss Mary Cameron, the daughter of Dougal Cameron, a native of Scotland, and for many years a resident of Canada. To Mr. and Mrs. Ames were born three children: 1. Daniel E., born in November, 1870, was associated in the lumber business with his father, now lives retired at Lake Placid. 2. William S., the subject of this sketch. 3. Blanche V., born April 24, 1878, married E. G. Balzer, musician, lives in New York City. Mary (Cameron) Ames died in 1929 and is buried at North Elba, N. Y.

William S. Ames attended the public schools of Raybrook and Saranac Lake, being graduated from high school in 1888. Until 1896 he was interested in the lumber business with his father and in that year purchased the business, with his brother. Two years later William S. Ames became sole owner of the enterprise, with which he continued to be identified with until 1906. At that time Mr. Ames became financially interested in the plumbing and hardware firm of Walton & Tousley, at Saranac Lake, and at the present time is president of that concern.

In 1917 Mr. Ames acquired an interest in the Saranac Lake Troy Laundry, and under his capable management it has developed into one of the city's leading business enterprises. The plant has been enlarged considerably and furnishes employment to almost 50 people. It carries on a business within a radius of 20 miles of Saranac Lake.

On Nov. 16, 1898, Mr. Ames was united in marriage with Miss Agnes M. Smith, the daughter of Walter and Mary (Thacker) Smith. They are the parents of two children: 1. Stanley Edward, born July 18, 1902, attended Brown University and the Harvard School of Business Administration. He now has a responsible position with the New York Telephone Company in New York City. 2. Ruth V., born Feb. 6, 1908, attended school in Washington, D. C., and is a graduate of the Vesper George School of Art. She lives at home.

In politics Mr. Ames is a Democrat and held the office of village trustee from 1910 until 1913. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, being a Knight Templar, and a member of the Mystic Shrine of Montreal. He also belongs to the Rotary Club.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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