Mayors of Ames: George Baker

Lifespan:              1864-1930

Term as Mayor:    1916-1918

Profession:            Owner of a watch repairshop and jewlery store

Interesting Facts:

  • Served as City Councilman for Ward 2
  • Defeated "perennial Mayor" Parley Sheldon in surprising election result
  • City established a downtown district for licensed moving picture houses and theatres
  • Wallace Greeley gave hospital to the City
  • City took possession of Ames Municipal Cemetery
  • Fourth Ward citizens began official legal proceedings to sever Fourth Ward (Washington Twnshp.) from City of Ames
  • Many economic troubles beset Ames and blame was laid at the Mayor’s feet