WARREN W. AMES, editor and proprietor of the Weekly
Gleaner, in the town of DeRuyter, was born February 25, 1830, and is a son of Fordyce W. and Electa Ames, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this volume. He received his education in the district schools and at DeRuyter Institute. In 1868 he went to Coffee County, Tennessee, where he followed the occupation of a teacher for one year, and then removed to Illinois, where he taught school at Libertyville, Lake County, for four months. He never held other than first-grade certificates. Then, returning to his native town, he taught two terms of winter school, and commenced to learn the printers trade in the office of the
New Era, remaining there one year. In the spring of 1872 he started the Cape Vincent
(N.Y.) Eagle, which he continued to publish for a period of five years, and in 1876 bought the Clayton
Independent; thus publishing two papers for a year. He then sold the
Eagle, but continued to publish the Independent for one year, after which he sold, and came to DeRuyter, where he established the
Weekly Gleaner, and in 1884 bought the DeRuyter New Era, consolidating the two papers. The
Gleaner has been a success from the start, and probably has a larger circulation (two thousand one hundred) than any other secular weekly published in a place of similar size (six hundred and sixty-seven) in the world. Mr. Ames is also the patentee of the Ames Addressing Machine, which is in use in several hundred printing offices throughout the country. It prints direct from the type.
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