quarter sections. His first place of abode was a sod house 11 x 15 feet, in which he and his family lived for
almost six years. He now has a good residence, well-improved grounds and a fine orchard of one hundred trees which
he planted himself, but since the death of his faithful wifeDecember 3, 1896he has taken up his
residence with his son, William C., in Parker township. Mr. Walker is a strong Republican in politics and a
prominent member of the Presbyterian church, in which he was a deacon for many years. He is a devout Christian and
regular attendant at church.
Ames, natives of Vermont and Pennsylvania, respectively. Elijah Ames was a farmer by occupation, and came to
Illinois at an early date, being one of the first settlers in the region of Lake county, where his death occurred
in 1886. He was originally a Whig in politics, and subsequently a Republican, and both he and his wife were members
of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Ames still resides on the old homestead in Lake county, 111. They were the
parents of eight children, viz.: Walter W., Lydia W., Edmund, Rizpah, Truman, Watie M., Lillie P. and Luella.
The subject of this personal history was raised on the home farm and educated in the common schools of his native
county. At the age of twenty years he went to Tioga county, Pa., and worked on his uncle's farm, attending the
district school the first year and then the state normal school at Mansfield, from which he graduated in 1874.
After his graduation he went to Williamsport and taught one year in a private school for boys, then he returned to
his home in Illinois, and remained a year during which time he was engaged in farming. On his return to
Pennsylvania again he entered the office of his elder brother Walter W., and studied law for six months, but his
health gave out and he went back to Tioga county, Pa., again where he secured employment on a farm in summer and
taught school in the winter. From there he went to Williamsport, and read law in the office of his cousin, H. T.
Ames, till 1880, when he was admitted to the bar. After his admission to practice he settled in Dubois, Clearfield
Co., Pa., where he resided and followed his profession for a period of ten years. In that city he was elected mayor
twice, and was appointed to fill the same vacancy twice, and he also held many of the minor offices of the town.
While a resident of Dubois he was married to Miss Nellie Doyen, a native of Tioga county, Pa., and a daughter of
Warren and Diantha (Grandy) Doyen. Mr. Doyen was a dentist, and his daughter received her education at the state
normal school of Mansfield, after which she taught school for several years.
Mr. Ames left Pennsylvania in the fall of 1891 and came with his wife and two sons, Jay H. and Howard T., to visit
his parents in Illinois. In the spring of 1892 he removed to South Dakota, and settled at Elk Point, where he
engaged in the practice of his profession and at the same time opened a set of abstract books. Since his