Wiliam Penn Ames

22 August 1895–29 June 1980 (Age 84)
Marcus, Cherokee, Iowa, United States

The Life of Wiliam Penn

When Wiliam Penn Ames was born on 22 August 1895, in Marcus, Cherokee, Iowa, United States, his father, Moses Young Ames, was 48 and his mother, Ellen Esther Proctor, was 45. He married Bluette Noel Roulet on 12 December 1916, in Marcus, Cherokee, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Marcus Township, Cherokee, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Rose Township, Stutsman, North Dakota, United States for about 10 years. He died on 29 June 1980, in LaMoure, LaMoure, North Dakota, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota, United States.

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Wiliam Penn Ames
Bluette Noel Roulet
Marriage: 12 December 1916
Proctor Kenneth Ames
Dorothy Bluette Ames
Charlotte Joyce Ames

Spouse and Children

12 December 1916
Marcus, Cherokee, Iowa, United States


    Proctor Kenneth Ames


    Dorothy Bluette Ames


    Charlotte Joyce Ames


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 18

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 23

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.2 German: of uncertain origin. Perhaps a nickname for an active person, from a Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’. Compare modern German Ameise ‘ant’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William P Anna in household of Moses Y Anna, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William P Ames, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William P Ames, "United States Census, 1940"

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