Description: T-square, bears the name, “DAVID H. AMES” “UFA Room 43” “Class of 1914”. Used in drafting and/or mechanical drawing classes. Made of wood.
Height: 9 ½”
Width: 25 ½”
In 1914, the year of Utica’s Old Home Week (whose souvenirs included a commemorative pitcher and a book with a picture of Utica’s oldest frame house, both now famous due to this very blog), David H. Ames graduated from the Utica Free Academy. A proud institution from Utica’s past, histories of the school are available here or at the Utica Free Academy alumni website here. Since the Utica Academy was incorporated on March 28, 1814, this year (2014) marks the bicentennial anniversary of the institution!
David Ames’, Class of ’14, T-Square is in the artifact collection of the Oneida County Historical Society. The wooden tool has David’s name written on it on both sides. One side also lists Room 43 and U. F. A. ’14, which was probably added later.
On June 22, 1896, Utica residents David H. and Anna Bucher Ames welcomed their new son, David H. Ames, Jr. into the world.
In the years after his UFA days, Ames attended Cornell University and the Morrisville School of Agriculture and served in the Medical Corps in World War I. Ames joyfully wedded Aileen Spitzli on June 30, 1926 and worked for many years in the insurance and real estate business. (Clinton Courier, February 1951)
Researching a big year for Utica uncovered a classroom tool, which helped unfold the story of a man. Finding these connections is why i love doing local history. 🙂
**Come see this T-square on exhibit Summer 2014**