Mayors of Ames: John Watts

Lifespan:              1845-1922

Term as Mayor:    1883-1884

Profession:            Editor of The Intelligencer, Postmaster

Interesting Facts:

  • Began his newspaper career at the Jefferson Bee and continued the career after leaving as the second editor of The Intelligencer at the Des Moines Leader
  • The City Council voted to spend $100 to develop the park known today as Bandshell Park