|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1870|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 1960|
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)
James Almond Ames, founder and president of the Ames Wholesale Grocery & Supply Company, conducting an extensive business as wholesale dealers in groceries and as importers, jobbers and manufacturers in Boise, came to this city from Boulder, Colorado, in 1906. He was born at Richfield Springs, Otsego county, New York, August 2, 1870, the eldest son in a family of five children, three sons and two daughters, whose parents were David W. and Mary V. (Gano) Ames, the former of English and the latter of French descent. The father is still living in the Empire state, but the mother died several years ago. In the paternal line the ancestry can be traced back to three brothers who came from England soon after the Mayflower first dropped anchor in Plymouth harbor. The maternal grandfather was James H. Gano, a well-to-do live stock man of Ganos Corners, near Richfield, New York, a place which was named in his honor.
James A. Ames, spending his youthful days in his native state, was reared in Otsego county and after mastering the branches of learning taught in the public schools there, attended Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1892 he removed westward to Chicago, where he remained for two years, during which time he was employed in the wholesale house of Marshall Field. He afterward spent several years in Colorado, remaining at Denver and at Boulder, where he engaged in the grocery trade, conducting a retail store at Denver, and a member of a firm engaged in the wholesale business in Boulder. The year 1906 witnessed his arrival in Boise and in 1910 he established the wholesale grocery house of which he has since been the president. The store is located at Ninth and Myrtle streets. F. M. Watts is the secretary of the company, with J. Warren Smith as the treasurer. This is a close corporation. The company has built up an extensive business, their ramifying trade interests covering a broad territory, and they manufacture various lines of goods which they handle and are also importers and jobbers.
On the 27th of May, 1906, Mr. Ames was united in marriage to Miss Elsie E. Crump, and they have become parents of three children: Marguerite, Catherine and James William. The last two are twins, born March 31, 1909, while the birth of Marguerite occurred on the 24th of March, 1907.
In politics Mr. Ames maintains an independent course, considering the capability of the candidate rather than his party ties. He belongs to the Boise Commercial Club and is interested in all that has to do with the upbuilding of the city, the development of its trade interests and the upholding of those affairs which are matters of civic virtue and of civic pride.
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