Henry May came to Ames in the spring of 1866 when the population
May was a highly educated man who came from Connecticut.Â During
the Civil War he served in the diplomatic service, assigned by the State
Department to Africa.Â The last year there he had been seriously ill
with the black plague, and had been given heavy doses of brandy and quinine.Â
For health reasons he resigned from the diplomatic service and came to
teach school in a rural setting.Â Although well regarded by the community,
the addiction to the drugs he had been given, continued to bother him.Â
When he was in his 90s, he fell from a delivery wagon and died in 1919.Â
His wife, Ellen, preceded him in death in 1909.
Adapted from: Faces of our Founders: the early Leaders
of Ames, Iowa, compiled by the Ames Heritage Association.Â Ames, Iowa
: The Association, 1991.Â pp. 14-15, and Farwell T. Brownâ€™s narrative
on â€œCaptain Greeley builds a Hospitalâ€ in his Ames, the early years in
word and picture.Â Ames, Iowa : Heuss Printing, c1993.Â pp. 46-47.